The Running Whys – Heather Suttie



Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

The Running Whys – 2016 Marathon By the Sea previews in review

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor background interior

One runner lost 70 pounds. Another dropped more than 45.

Several used the sport to deal with the stress of difficult family situations.

Two others detailed their reasons for volunteering at Emera Marathon By The Sea.

And one extremely special woman encouraged us to Never, Never, Never Give Up. Demonstrating determination and a strong will allow you to accomplish anything. Continue reading

The MBTS Volunteer Whys – Mike Doyle

Mike DoyleOne new facet of our Running Whys program for 2016 is a look at volunteers and other people associated with the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea. There is no better place to start than with the race’s executive director Mike Doyle, a name many will recognize around the provincial and local running scene.

We asked him a few questions about this year’s MBTS and running from his perspective.



  1. First, tell me a bit of your background, your family. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

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The Running Whys – Charlotte Flewelling


Charlotte finished the 8km race at Hopewell Rocks, a major goal for her.

Running has always been part of Charlotte Flewelling’s life but now more than ever it is essential. Step by step, she is hitting some big personal goals. And she has her sights set on Marathon by the Sea in August. Here is today’s Running Whys.



This year will mark three years since Charlotte Flewelling took up running. Looking back, appropriately enough after Father’s Day weekend, she says it was her Dad who provided her first inspiration for the sport, which has developed into a critical component so she can meet her health-related goals. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jill Johnson


Jill Johnson’s running career started out as a complimentary activity.

Running was a natural training fit for the Fredericton native, who played competitive soccer in high school and university, and later at the semiprofessional level with the Ottawa Fury for three years. The formula was straight forward. The more she ran, the better she played. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Nancy Cornect

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The story on Nancy Cornect is part of the 2016 Running Whys series. This ran in the April 30 edition of the Fredericton Daily Gleaner. If you have suggestions for someone with a great story, send a note to Enjoy.

What started as a complement to her boxing regimen has developed into a passion for running that is making a difference in the lives of others.

About five years ago, Nancy Cornect, the Newfoundland native who has called Oromocto home since 2002, went on a jog with some of her friends at the Oromocto Boxing Club, all intent to boosting their cardiovascular fitness levels.

But Nancy, 44, quickly fell in love with the sport and soon found herself adding distance and time to her regular training sessions. Before she knew it, she trained for and completed a half-marathon. Continue reading

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 – Haley Adams-Green

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is an active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

As an accountant, Haley Adams-Green is naturally drawn to numbers, like the kind of statistics generated on one’s Garmin. But for Haley, running, particularly in the Greater Saint John area, provides so much more, ranging from social to inspiration, from goal setting to volunteerism. She is active in many Run NB events in addition to regular competitions in triathlon. She has also organized races and in August, she will be on hand once again at the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea. Here is her story on why she runs.


by Haley Adams-Green

I used to dread track and field day at school. I was never very fast. Growing up in a very small community in Nova Scotia, I also was never exposed to the world of running. I didn’t know I didn’t need to be fast, I just needed to get out there and do it (and the “fast” is a relative concept that comes with time)!

My father-in-law inspired my husband and I to start running when I was in my twenties. I soon became truly addicted. Being an extrovert with a love for a very “solo” sport, I started Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carla Harris

Carla Harris started running at age 40 and became hooked, competing in many distances and has branched out to triathlons as well.

Carla Harris started running at age 40 and became hooked, competing in many distances and has branched out to triathlons as well.

This is the third in a series of stories featuring athletes who will take part in Marathon by the Sea.

 Carla Harris has generally been active all her life but did not start running until she was in her 40s. That leap was inspired, in part, by volunteering at a water station during one edition of Marathon by the Sea. There, she witnessed the determination of the competitors and felt if older runners could tackle the course, so could she. It changed her life. What follows is her story of her impressive progress, extensive competition and her journey into the triathlon disciplines as well.


by Carla Harris

I have been running for about 15 years but was a late starter at the age of 40. I am now 56 years old. I was pretty active as a kid, running a little, broad-jumping and I remember how much I liked being outside. Once I competed in a junior high school running relay team where I got a ribbon.

In my early 20’s, I started Continue reading

In their words – The Running Why


“Even now, months later, I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.”

“I put down a time that I would have been proud of 20 years ago.”

“I’m healthier than I have been in the past decade.”

“Instead of quitting, (it) provided me more incentive to keep doing something I love.”


For many of my friends, resumes do not include an athletic reference.

Journalist, writer, researcher, doctor, communications officer, administrator, teacher, consultant are some of the job descriptions of people I know.

There are, of course, many others.

Running, swimming, walking, cross fit or other items of physical endeavor are rarely included in detailing qualifications for job postings. If those descriptives are there at all, recreation pursuits generally find their way into extracurricular sections of our resumes.

But for many of us, participation in these activities forms an important part of our lives and shapes who we are.

In 2013, the surge in active living continued its renaissance, with participation levels hitting record levels across the continent. That includes the Maritimes, where marathon events sell out or registration numbers far exceed previous levels, expressed in thousands instead of hundreds or even dozens.

And more and new forms of events are popping up all the time, for example those in the Mudders’ category.

What’s it all mean while we are hustling and bustling to get out Christmas packing complete?

I was reading Runner’s World recently and there was a tread that asked runners for their best moments of 2013. The responses were pretty cool. It got me thinking about all the people I know who competed in a significant event in 2013 and what they accomplished.

The challenge they tackled represented a deep personal goal and their perspectives are very interesting.

So I have asked a few of them to send me their thoughts on their runner’s high, which is not reserved for running. Cycling, walking, body building, boxing are some other examples.

Many agreed to take part and some have filed already while others are still working on their thoughts.

Some of their comments top this post.

Another prevailing theme was the impact family had on the goals and the accomplishments, whether it was sharing the experience, thankful for the time to tackle projects or participating because someone close to them had inspired or encouraged them in their journey. Appropriate for this time of year.

So as we look back on 2013, set new goals for 2014, I will post these stories of sweat and accomplishment on my blog ( over the next few weeks.

If you have some thoughts, or would like to share your story, please send them my way.

There are never too many unique perspectives.

I hope you enjoy.In Their Words – The Running Why will start shortly after Christmas.