The Greyhounds
- A Track and Field Club for Masters (35+), including Seniors (55+)                    

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• Weekly workouts • Reports of Greyhounds in action • Greyhounds' Schedule • Masters’ Records • Canadian Masters’ Rankings • Photos & Videos • Greyhounds’ Top Performances • Coaches’ Tips • Meet Results • and much more..


Christa Bortignon Medals in WMAC in Lyon, France.

Welcome back to our athletes who competed in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon France.  Christa won 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the event.  See Greyhound Results..


Lenore Montgomery Canadian Masters Athlete for July

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For the second month in a row, a Greyhound Masters Athlete was chosen by the Canadian Masters Association as Athlete of the month. Lenore Montgomery set a new WORLD RECORD in the W85 800m race with at time of 4:39.10 at the Trevor Craven Meet in Burnaby, BC on Sunday, July 5th, 2015.  

The previous WR of 4:56.10 was held by Vkadtjkeba Kokina, UKR for 2 years.  Lenore was able to hold onto her WR however, for only 1 month as it was broken by Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel in Lyon on Aug 9, 2015 with a time of 4:15.99.

Lenore also set a new Canadian Record in the W85 1500m race in 9.0.92.  CONGRATULATIONS LENORE!



Reidar Zapf-Gilje Canadian Masters Athlete for  June

Greyhound men were also busy.  Harold Morioka submitted Reidar’s BC Masters performance to the Canadian Masters Association.  The following was taken from the Canadian Masters Website:

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"There were many spectacular performances across the country in June, so it was a tough decision. We went with M60 Reidar Zapf-Gilje BC and M80 Emil Muller ON

Reidar competed in 14 events at the BC Masters Championships; 100(14.16), 200(29.33), 800 (2:30.50), 100mH (18.32), 300mH (52.07), Steeple (7:55.08), LJ(4.54), TJ(9.49), HJ(1.35), PV(2.60), DT(38.39), JT(36.31), HT(33.94), and WT(14.23)


Reidar also scored 3575 pts in the Pentathlon at the Norwegian Masters Championships – which is the #1 Ranking in the World.



Another Canadian Record falls to Greyhound Women!

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Marie Johnson, Elaine Whidden, Christa Bortignon, Valerie Scott


Our Greyhounds women did it again!  (writes Harold Morioka) This time they broke the Canadian W60+ 4x400m relay record.  Competing in the Ocean Athletics Summer Series #4 All comers meet in South Surrey, our Greyhounds women broke the Canadian record by a whopping 27 seconds.  See More



2nd Outdoor BC Track Record for Elaine in 2 weeks

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On July 4th at the Trevor Craven Track Meet in Burnaby, Elaine Whidden set a new standard for the W60 100m with a time of 14.60s  breaking Avril Douglas’ record of 15.37s set in 2006.  

This is the 2nd BC record for Elaine, having set a new 200m record at the BC Masters two weeks ago with a time of 30.74s for the W60 200m sprint.  


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Elaine Whidden W60 200m record run at BC Masters Outdoor T&F, June 20, 2015

Elaine was featured in The Tri-Cities Now on July 15th.  See Article


Deborah Lee breaks W65 Sprint Hurdles Record

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Deborah Lee at the BC Athletics T&F on June 20, 2015 in Langley, BC

Deborah Lee bettered a record that she set only 2 weeks ago in the W65 80m Short Hurdles.   In the BC Athletics T&F two weeks ago, Deborah broke Sandy Anderson’s time of 18.81s set in Spokane in 2008. Deborah’s time was 18.07s.  On July 4th,2015, at the Trevor Craven Track Meet in Burnaby, Deborah did the W65 80m Short Hurdles in a new time of 17.90s.


See all BCAthletics Masters T&F results

See photos from BC Masters 2015



Coach Harold: "Hello Greyhounds” - Aug 1


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Training Aug 1 to 55+ Games

Attached (see link) is a training outline for Sprinters from today to the 55+ BC Games.  I will be there this morning but will not be available until Saturday, August 22.  On Sat, Aug 22 we will have a light workout and will practise relay passing.  For the 4 x 100m relay, the 4 fastest runners will have the option of being on our Zone 3 teams..  .... Read More 


See Saturday’s Workout


Previous messages from Harold


Coach Sam’s workout for week of Aug 10

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The following weeks workout plans will be for those no longer competing and wish to taper off this season in preparation for the next.

Middle Distance runners should keep up their aerobic capacity throughout the off season by performing longer runs. ... (Read More)


Note: Workout for week and locations in Weekly Workouts.


Coach Sharon’s Jump Workout for Saturday Aug 22

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Good Evening Jumpers of a certain vintage: 

For those of you who have been coming the past couple of Saturdays, you will know that I have been starting long jump early: like at 9:15 am.  I’d like to continue that for our last Saturday before the 55+ games.  This gives just enough time for High jump as well, and all of those additional things athletes want to work on this Saturday.

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See Saturday, Aug 15, Workout for jumps


Latest Results:

July 4-5 2015 - 2015 Trevor Craven

June 19-21, 2015 - 2015 BC Masters Outdoor T&F



Club News:

Annual Team Photo Day - The Greyhounds annual photo day was a great success.   

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Greyhounds Team Photo 2015 - Photographer Greg McIntyre



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The World Police & Fire Games 

Bill McNamara was inducted into the Police & Fire Games Hall of Fame, Track & Field division on June 26th in Fairfax County, VA. 

At the Games this year, Bill took home 7 medals in track events including a gold in the men’s 4x400m relay which broke a Games record set in Belfast in 2013.


Prior to the track & field events Bill took the silver medal in the stair race (29 floors).  This was in the 60+ age group.


Podium Jackets

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The club will be re-ordering the ‘red’ Greyhound Podium Jackets as soon as there are sufficient members who express an interest in purchasing the jackets.  …..more




Images from April 26 Hayward Classic in Eugene, OR

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Dave’s Weight Throw - 11.17m



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Natasha ran the 100M at the Hayward Classic, Eugene, OR in 13.44s


Photo finish in Toronto 2015:


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Roy and Al in dramatic finish of M60 60M Sunday in Toronto



Cancer Survivor Speaks out on 55+ Games “30 Rule

Last year cancer survivor Don McLean participated in his first ever BC 55+ Games.  In his words, it was “such a charge”. When he told other cancer survivors of his experience, he believed "they [would be} motivated to become more active.”  The 30 Rule “contradicts the concept" he envisioned regarding the value of participation in the games.  It "does not encourage novice individuals such as myself to get involved and in fact pulls the welcome mat out from under us.”  Read more. 


See below for Zone Coordinators opposition to 30 Rule.  

See also Harold’s take on “30 Rule”.

Zone Coordinators Oppose Participation limits for 55+ Games

The 55+ Games Society aims to limit participation in the Games’ Track and Field competition to 30 men and 30 women per zone.  Zone 3 Coordinator Harold Morioka asked the 11 other Zone Coordinators to weigh in on this issue.  A strong majority of the coordinators opposed the '30 rule' and favored an approach that would maximize participation in keeping with the the Mission and Legacy of the Games…read more 

Also, see full text of Zone Coordinators’ take on the Games’ “30 Rule”.


Next Meets:


  • AUGUST 4-16 - WMA World Outdoor Championships - Lyon, France



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