The Running Whys – Laura Richard

Laura RichardIt’s been more than a decade since Laura Richard left home to earn her Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford in England. Now 31, and in the midst of her career with Procter & Gamble in Brussels, Belgium, Richard is about to tackle another challenge, this time in the demanding and grueling sport of triathlon.

Specifically, she’ll wear the Canadian colours in the 30-35 female division of ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam from Sept 14-17, the latest sporting accomplishment in a career that’s included a berth on the prestigious Oxford rowing team. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Allyson MacDonald

Allyson MacDonald of Fredericton, shown here running in the Ottawa Marathon, set a personal best in the Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire last weekend. Photo Submitted.

Allyson MacDonald of Fredericton, shown here running in the Ottawa Marathon, set a personal
best in the Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire last weekend. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 22

It started on Grand Manan Island when she was a teenager, morphed into evening runs that served part fitness, part de-stressor and now, distance running has developed into a setting for Allyson MacDonald to continue a cherished bond with some of her closest friends.

In between her 27 full marathons, several full Ironmans and half Ironmans and countless kilometres of training that’s been supported by her husband Doug, Allyson equates running with her peaceful time, sessions just for her amid life and its various challenges.

When I started running on Grand Manan, it was also time for me and Mom (Shelley Cook) to be together,” said Allyson, who last weekend set a personal best in the 70.3 Ironman (half Ironman) event in New Hampshire. That comes on the heels of two appearances at the full Ironman in Mont Tremblant, Que., in 2013 and 2014. Continue reading