The Running Whys – MBTS – a final look back

Recap - Donald Elspeth LemonNew faces, new challenges, new results.

The athletes we featured in the 2015 edition of the Running Whys for Marathon by the Sea allowed readers and fans of this great event unique insight at their dedication and inspiration, all with an eye the 21st annual race(s).

It was our second collection of stories centered on MBTS and once again, the runners faced many challenges and hurdles but goal setting, training and perseverance played major roles in helping them achieve their aspirations.

The photo above is one of so many that captured the spirit of the race as the father-daughter tandem of Don and Elspeth Lemon crossed the finish line hand-in-hand, much to the delight on the spectators assembled in the Uptown. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Carolyn Radcliffe

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe’s road to the 10-kilometre race as part of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea started on a bike. She wanted to lose weight and did, dropping 30 pounds through Weight Watchers programming and time on the bicycle. But that was only the beginning in her inspiring tale of dedication. Thanks to a work-sponsored running clinic, she took up running; slowly at first but now with great enthusiasm and appreciation. Check out her Running Whys story and find out how much progress she has made, how much weight she lost and what the sport has provided in other areas of her life. Enjoy.

by Carolyn Radcliffe

I began running last year in May 2014 after losing 30 pounds on Weight Watchers.

I had always been overweight. In fact, my younger school years were full of body shaming and bullying. I had never really given any sport or diet a proper chance because I just didn’t believe I could do it. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andrew Estey

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

This is the 16th profile on runners competing in the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Andrew Estey estimates he blacked out for 30 seconds.

Then, in the aftermath of a severe mountain biking accident, he dusted himself off and attempted to finish his Canada Day 2013 journey from Fredericton to Mactaquac and back.

About another three kilometres down the road, however, the pain from a broken bone in his neck and three crushed vertebrae in his back proved too intense. His riding partner sped ahead to get help and through swift efforts, Andrew got the treatment he urgently required. Continue reading

We finished 10k

blog hitsFor a small blog that is active about half the year, we hit a mini milestone Tuesday evening, with our 10,000th page view.

The blog started as a personal diary of sorts and then morphed into a home to house our Running Whys features. When that happened, it grew and grew. It seems there are a small but regular crew of readers who are intrigued by the exploits, motivations and tales of runners who predominantly call New Brunswick home, particularly in Greater Saint John and Greater Fredericton. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Trevor MacDonald

Trevor MacDonald of Hanwell and his son Cameron celebrate after one of Trevor's races. MacDonald recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, Photo submitted.

Trevor MacDonald of Hanwell and his son Cameron celebrate after one of Trevor’s races. MacDonald recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, Photo submitted.

This column ran in the June 27 edition of the Daily Gleaner. Looking back, it is understandable why Trevor MacDonald was not running that much a decade ago. Trevor and his wife Faith Ann were hectic with young family life: their son Cameron was just two-years-old and Trevor’s career in the information technology sector continued to evolve.

But in 2007, Faith Ann purchased a treadmill and it lit a small spark for Trevor, one that grew a year later when his friend Drew Allaby suggested to him he should run the Fredericton Fall Classic’s 10 kilometre race. The rest, as the old cliché goes Continue reading

The Running Whys – Patty MacMillan

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aminign for the 5k inthe Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer.

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aiming for the 5k Into the Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer. Photo Submitted

Three times, Patty McMillan has fought cancer. On May 28, less than a month ago, she finished 18 weeks of chemotherapy in her latest battle. Among the initial plans for Patty, who completed the full marathon in Saint John a year ago, was training for the 5km Into the Night race at Marathon by the Sea this August.
What follows is her inspirational account of her challenging journey, the courage she displayed, the friends and family who supported her and the determination she showed to set and achieve weight-loss and running goals.
Enjoy.

by Patty MacMillan

I was never athletic growing up….

I never ran a race in my life….

Cancer changed everything….

What changed for me in the beginning was in my early 20’s I was told I was “Pre Diabetic.” I weighed in at 300 pounds at only 5ft 6″. This shock was only Continue reading

The Running Whys – Adam Fowler

Adam Fowler of Fredericton competed in a number of full marathons and half marathons this year around the region, including the Saint John Marathon By the Sea. Photo Submitted.

Adam Fowler of Fredericton competed in a number of full marathons and half marathons around the region in 2014, including the Saint John Marathon By the Sea. The most memorable and significant took place in Halifax. Photo Submitted.

Editor’s note: This story ran on Nov.1, 2014 in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner.

For many in the Fredericton running community, the time change this weekend correlates positively with a somewhat welcome relief in training intensity. The end of October means the packed schedule of events across the region have concluded and medals for races and a trio of regional running series are hanging proudly in homes across the city.

That’s the case for Fredericton’s Adam Fowler, who in the past few weeks, ran the Prince Edward Island Marathon Oct. 20, the Legs for Literacy half marathon Oct. 26 and even competed in a 5-kilometre Halloween event in Saint John Oct. 25. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Allison Chisholm

Allison Chisholm, left, and her sister Kathy Chisholm, right, compete in a race held in conjunction with the Highland Games in Antigonish, N.S. Allison Chisholm started running on April Fool's Day, 2010 and has not stopped since. Photo Submitted.

Allison Chisholm, left, and her sister Kathy Chisholm, right, compete in a race held in conjunction with the Highland Games in Antigonish, N.S. Allison Chisholm started running on April Fool’s Day, 2010 and has not stopped since. Photo Submitted.

Here is the latest edition in The Running Whys series that ran in the Daily Gleaner in mid-October (note the time references). It features Allison Chisholm, whose running career took off on the most interesting of days. She’s been going strong since. Here is her story.

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It’s no running joke that in the spring of 2010, Allison Chisholm signed up for a running course to prepare for a 10-kilometre race.

The date of the first class was April 1 but this was no gag, though.

With a thriving dentistry practice in the Fredericton area, the married mother of two thought running could provide a therapeutic release that she could tackle on her own schedule, under her own terms. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Anna Bernard

Anna Bernard of Mazerolle Settlement finished second in the women's half marathon during the 32nd annual Fredericton Accreon Fall Classic. Photo Submitted

Anna Bernard of Mazerolle Settlement finished second in the women’s half marathon during the 32nd annual Fredericton Accreon Fall Classic. She’s enjoyed distance running since her first marathon in the 1990s. Photo Submitted

Here is the latest edition in The Running Whys series that ran in the Daily Gleaner in late September (note the time references). It features Anna Bernard of Mazerolle Settlement who treats every run – training or race – the same. It has paid off with a long and positive running career. Here is her story.

Prior to every race, Anna Bernard of Mazerolle Settlement visualizes her regular morning runs.

Her goals revolve around effort and routine, not a specific time. So when she lines up at an event, such as the 32nd annual Fredericton Accreon Fall Classic last weekend, she treats it like her usual outing, one filled with appreciation and gratefulness. Continue reading

Marathon by the Sea – Recap

The 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon by the Sea took place Sunday.

The 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon by the Sea took place Sunday.

This is the final story in a series profiling runners who competed in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The individual stories, which can be seen by scrolling on this blog, are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Those aching muscles feel slightly better today than Monday. Another night’s sleep made things much better and today, many of those who participated in the 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea on Sunday are thinking about their next run. Continue reading