10000m racing in Canada

Last weekend in Quebec City, our group had some success at the FQA 10000m championships. The 10k track champs, run separately from the provincial championship meet to give runners a chance to double up in the 5000m, has been going on for 3 years now, or at least 2 as official provincial championship, and one unofficial. Here are the results from this weekend:

Section 1
1 Myrand, Mélanie W85 McGill Olympique 36:57,93 PB
2 Franchini, Anthony M75 McGill Olympique 37:36,51 PB
3 Ferland-Daigle, Marilou W91 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 37:37,22
4 Dougherty, James M65 Sans affiliation 38:45,82
5 Vaillancourt, Gabrielle W90 McGill Olympique 39:08,05 (first track 10k)
6 Longpré, Mariana W94 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 39:25,76
7 Mokrusa, Elizabeth W80 McGill Olympique 40:30,35
8 Roy, Benoit M64 Sans affiliation 43:47,12
— Létourneau, Manon W87 C.A. L’Univ. Laval DNF
— Gosselin, Jean-Raphael M89 Coureur Nordique DNF
— Nehme, Pia W81 Sherbrooke DNF

Section 1
1 Kazi, Mahbubuzzaman 91 McGill Olympique 33:46,18 PB
2 Liu, Dave 88 McGill Olympique 33:49,61 PB
3 Boudreau, Simon 92 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 33:55,14
4 Kelly, Daniel 91 McGill Olympique 34:02,62
5 Richard-Campeau, Robin 78 Kalenjins 35:36,88
— Dufour, Joey 92 Sans affiliation DNF
— Leclerc, Gérard 61 Sans affiliation DNF

Section 2
1 Lapierre, Maxime 88 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 30:27,82
2 Le Porho, David 77 Sherbrooke 30:34,59
3 Lavoie-Gilbert, Alexis 92 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 30:44,83
4 Racine, Dany 91 Kalenjins 31:16,03
5 Hamelin, Patrice 86 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 31:23,43
6 Mercier, Christian 74 Sans affiliation 31:24,82
7 Labranche, Jean-Daniel 91 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 31:40,38
8 Lecointre, Jacques-Sylvain 83 McGill Olympique 31:51,55 PB (track)
9 Boisvert, Emmanuel 91 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 32:08,23
10 Savard-Gagnon, David 82 Sans affiliation 32:09,29
11 Morin, Jean-Pierre 92 C.A. L’Univ. Laval 32:18,80
12 McElligott, Steven 83 Sans affiliation 32:30,87
13 Bédard, Keven 92 Sans affiliation 32:55,28
— Blouin, Daniel 78 Coureur Nordique DNF
— Laflamme, Pier-Olivier 87 Coureur Nordique DNF
— Hoa-Mai, Vincent 87 C.A. L’Univ. Laval DNF
— Larouche, Anthony 90 C.A. L’Univ. Laval DNF

Of the 8 runners from MOC who ran, 6 ran PBs (or track PBs in the case of Lecointre). This is pretty exciting for our group, and certainly justifies for us, the high volume, tempo-based training. In fact, except for Kazi and Gabrielle, all of these runners are in the midst of marathon training. On Tuesday before the race, they did a fairly tough marathon workout, with about 1h20min of total running at their marathon goal pace. Despite that, they still PBed.

It is also nice to see a little depth of field starting to grow in the 10000m in Quebec. We are still years behind the 800m/1500m depth (the top ten in each of those events have IAAF table equivalent performances of sub-30 and sub-36 10ks for men and women respectively), but we are moving in the right direction. Here are last year’s results:

1 Tewlis, Jonathan 85 Mcgill Olympic 31:00,00 30:08,37
2 Boisvert, Emmanuel 91 C.A. Univ. Laval 31:02,35 30:49,95
3 Hodge, Ryan 98 Mcgill Olympic 30:41,97 30:54,20
4 Lapierre, Maxime 88 C.A. Univ. Laval 31:58,79 31:00,68
5 Larouche, Anthony 90 C.A. Univ. Laval 31:16,37 31:07,50
6 Racine, Dany 91 Kalenjins 32:30,00 31:59,17
7 Morin, Jean-Pierre 92 C.A. Univ. Laval 33:30,00 32:42,56
8 Lavoie-Gilbert, Alexis 92 Nova Scotia 31:30,10 32:58,97
9 Beaudette, Kenny 90 Sherbrooke 33:30,00 33:50,07
10 Liu, Dave 88 Mcgill Olympic 33:59,00 35:33,24

1 Mokrusa, Élizabeth W80 Mcgill Olympic 38:20,00 38:17,25
2 Myrand, Mélanie W85 Mcgill Olympic 38:17,00 38:35,45
3 Dougherty, James M65 Sans affiliation 38:00,00 39:06,12

The women are the easiest to compare. Myrand knocked 1:40 off her time from last year. Mokrusa has had some injury issues and was not up to form, but having 7 women on the start line compared to 2 is huge. Even if you look at the DNFs, Letourneau (2014) was rabbiting, and ran 36:05 in California earlier this year. Nehme is coming off a solid 5000m and will surely run at least in the 37min at some point. Even the masters male, Dougherty, lowered his time!

On the men’s side, while injuries knocked Boisvert down a minute and a bit, and Noel-Hodge didn’t run, we see improvements from Lapierre (33 sec) Morin (24 sec) and Racine (43 sec). Meanwhile, Lavoie-Gilbert (2:16) and Liu (1:44) saw very big improvements. If we go back to 2012, Kazi dropped his time by over 2min as well. Thewlis is British and is back home, and in case anyone is wondering, ran a PB of 29:48 in May. Well done, Johnny!

We also doubled the number of finishers from 13 to 26. There were 13 in the fastest section alone. There were a large number of DNF, though keep in mind Blouin, Laflamme and Letourneau were pacers. Larouche had a rough day, but his PB from earlier this year shows a 27sec improvement over 2013 in any case. Ho Mai was making his debut at the distance, and, like Nehme, we will surely see him again soon.

How does this compare to other provinces? Working backwards in time, the Canadian championships were held in Moncton last month. The race was not exactly mid-day, but it wasn’t under the lights either. This may have had an impact on the results.

Women:
1 Sexton, Leslie 87 London Runne 37:15.65
2 Prufer, Lauren 90 London Runne 38:00.50
3 Laurie, Courtney 88 London Runne 38:16.00

Men:
1 Britt, Barry 90 Saint John T 30:10.81
2 O’Neill, Kyle 89 London Runne 30:24.76
3 Archer, Jeffrey 92 Physi-Kult K 30:30.50
4 Woodfine, Tristan 93 Speed River 31:03.36
5 Lapierre, Maxime 88 C. A. Univer 31:10.26
6 Costen, Jeffrey 91 Unattached – 31:10.74
7 Larouche, Anthony 90 C. A. Univer 31:17.04
8 *marshall, Lamont 84 Bermuda 31:37.07
9 Hashi, Hussein 89 Central Toro 31:49.53
10 Lavoie-Gilbert, Alexis 92 C. A. Univer 32:46.76

Here we see some solid times, though O’Neill and Woodfine have run faster. Archer impressed with a fine run at nationals. We see three Quebec guys in there as well. On the women’s side, Sexton didn’t have any competition and it can be gruelling I’m sure to run 10000m on the track alone. She has gone and will go much faster.

Prior to this, there was the RCLDS London 10000m in May.

1 Leslie Sexton 87 London Runner Di 33:40.27 33:14.91
2 Lauren Prufer 90 London Runner Di 37:00.00 36:35.09
3 Courtney Laurie 88 London Runner Di 37:00.00 37:06.55
4 Karen Gilbert Tyssen 82 London Runner Di 38:00.00 38:33.77

Here we are treated to Sexton’s true abilities, as well as good runs from Prufer and Laurie. This year’s London 10000m also has in common with the Soirée Rouge et Or increased numbers, and multiple sections!

Men section 1
1 Kevin Blackney 91 Not Register 33:20.00 33:00.65
2 Matt Kings 78 34:00.00 33:35.70
3 Brant Stachel 90 Not Register 33:40.00 34:06.51
4 Andrew Jones 65 34:29.94
5 Jeremy Walsh 75 London Runner Di 36:55.00 36:18.28
— Matt Suda 86 London Runner Di 33:39.99 DNF

Men section 2
1 Sami Jibril 89 Athletics Toront 30:41.12 29:43.90!
2 Aaron Hendrikx 93 Speed River Tfc 29:08.60 29:46.58!
3 Tristan Woodfine 93 Speed River Tfc 28:56.00 29:50.62!
4 Kyle O’Neill 89 London Runner Di 30:25.60 29:53.39!
5 Jeff Archer 92 Not Register 30:00.00 30:24.48
6 Jeff Costen 91 Not Register 30:59.00 30:52.46
7 Kevin Tree 93 Newmarker Huskie 31:29.00 31:21.22
8 Paul Rochus 94 Harbour Track 31:40.00 31:26.47
9 Adam Stacey 81 London Runner Di 31:00.00 32:39.86
10 Jake Woloshyn 91 U of Toronto TC 31:42.00 32:44.54
— Josh Morrison 80 London Runner Di 31:00.00 DNF
— Derek Nakluski 82 Toronto Olympic 30:42.04 DNF
— Elliot De Lange 93 London Runner Di 30:59.99 DNF

Matt Suda was undoubtedly performing his usual pacing duties. I do not know if there was a rabbit in the faster section. The little exclamation marks indicate four men under the meet record (set in 2009 by Derek Nakluski 29:53.40). Four guys under 30min is a nice race.

Last year, the London 10000m was also a rousing success, but let’s compare to this year’s race. First the women:

Section 1
1 Leslie Sexton 87 London Runner 34:18.00 33:40.27
2 Kate Harrison 89 Athletics To 33:40.00 34:02.87
3 Melanie Myrand 85 McGill Olymp 37:57.00 38:17.93
4 Karen Gilbert Tyssen 82 London Runner 38:52.20 40:18.64

Again Sexton dominates, and actually has some female competition. We went down last year and Mel had a season’s best at this race. We see that Gilbert Tyssen improved quite a bit from 2013 to 2014 as well.

1 Hussein Hashi 89 Central Toro 31:28.06 30:21.85
2 Kyle O’neill 89 London Runner 32:15.00 30:25.60
3 Sami Jibril 89 Athletics To 29:15.57 30:41.84
4 Ryan Noel-Hodge 89 McGill Olymp 30:59.00 30:51.19
5 Terence Attema 89 Speed River 29:30.00 30:59.31
6 Nick Sunseri 86 Speed River 30:00.00 31:15.17
7 Kevin Blackney 91 Unattached 32:50.00 31:48.36
8 Trevor Zimak 83 Lakehead Run 31:35.00 31:58.82
9 Chris Nagle 82 London Runner 32:50.00 32:25.99
10 John Mason 87 Speed River 31:00.00 32:35.30
11 Dominique Aulagnon 93 Lakehead Run 31:24.41 32:45.83
12 Jeff Dill 89 Unattached 31:58.00 33:14.71
13 Shawn Davis 88 NEWMARKET HU 32:15.00 33:26.98
— Tyler White 94 NEWMARKET HU 32:51.00 DNF
— Kevin Tree 93 NEWMARKET HU 32:50.00 DNF
— Adam Stacey 81 London Runner 32:21.09 DNF

Section 2
1 Matt Suda 86 London Runner 33:30.00 33:31.09
2 Andrew Jones 65 London Pacer 34:20.00 33:36.67
3 Mahbubuzzaman Kazi 91 McGill Olymp 35:12.00 35:45.14
4 Jeremy Walsh 75 London Runner 35:55.00 36:56.64
5 Josh Heuving 94 London Runner 36:01.00 37:29.81
— Sean Hopkins 83 USATF DNF

On the guys side there were actually more finishers last year (18 to 15). If you take out the two MOC guys, it’s 16 to 15 so it’s hard to call that a step back, especially with the times so much faster.

Individually, 2013 saw 5 men under 31:00 as compared to 6 in 2014, but of those 6 4 were under 30:00. We can see some individual improvements too from Stacey, Jibril and O’Neill. 2013 had 3 guys 31-32, 3 from 32-33, and 4 from 33-34. In 2014 there were 2 from 30-31, 2 31-32 and 2 from 33-34 (as well as one 34:06). I think we can call this a step forward.

BC usually holds its 10000m championship at the end of August, so we will have to wait and see what that turns up, but here are the 2013 results:

Jim Finlayson – 31:31.12 – 40-49
Bruce Deacon – 31:55.92 – 40-49 ** BC age-group record 45-49
Craig Odermatt – 32:20.60 – 40-49
Kris Swanson – 33:13.49 – 30-39
Shaun Stephens-Whale – 33:25.51 – 30-39
Marilyn Arsenault – 34:28.11 – 40-49 **Canadian 45 age-group record
Scott Holland – 35:55.25 – 30-39
Alistair Vigier – 40:19.57 – 20-29
Hilary Stellingwerff – DNF
Anton Rabien – DNF
Nick Walker – DNF

There is certainly not the depth you would expect from BC, though there are some pretty impressive performances by Deacon and Arsenault for age group records. Arsenault’s time was good for 5th best in the nation last year.

In March, Vancouver was host to the UBC Open, which had good results, but a low turnout:

Men 10000 Meter Run
1 Friesen, Kevin Point Grey 30:57.82
2 Hooton, Jesse British Colu 32:00.00 31:24.92
3 Galea, Matt British Colu 32:00.00 31:44.19
4 Cliff, Will British Colu 32:00.00 32:43.76
— Shamsi, Bilal Unattached 32:00.00 DNF

Women 10000 Meter Run
1 Regan, Jackie British Colu 36:56.20 36:23.39
2 de Fenoyl, Amelie British Colu 37:29.00 36:40.00

If you are on the west-coast, travel is always an issue, but Victoria at the end of August provides a mid-range opportunity, and an early race in March in Vancouver has potential. I’m sure that if enough of the locals decided to make it happen, that race, too, would could see the same depth as in the east. Those in BC have the advantage of being a bit closer to the big California races, so that may water down the fields at home a bit. There are two well-timed and well-attended 10000m track races in the east: London in May and Quebec City in July. There is also a race in Boston that had one man under 30, two under 31 and 4 under 32, as well as 4 women under 35. If you are a guy, though, better fields are found at home; we still need to build up the women’s fields a bit. All this to say, I think we can now stop saying that it is hard to find a good 10000m race. And that’s good!