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Discussion: GVOC Roadies

in: GRennie; GRennie > 2019-03-04

Mar 5, 2019 6:26 PM # 
When we were discussing legendary GVOC road records I asked Martin Pardoe his PBs. He was fast!

Martin: I'm honoured to be apart of this discussion! I ran a 5000m on the track once in i think around 15:30 or 15:40. Would have been 1986 or '87. Best that I'm sure of was a 10km road race in Ottawa in April 1989 32:06. I ALMOST beat my childhood idol and running legend Bill Rodgers. Another 20m and I would have had him he was 32:03 and i was reeling him in fast with my then youthful kick.
Mar 12, 2019 1:35 AM # 
Oof that's pretty darn quick. Definitely got a ways to go.
Fun to know! We should keep a history somewhere.
Mar 12, 2019 2:28 PM # 
I'm heading to Van on April 14 for a few days, what are the chances you're around and want to do a non 32:06 run in town? I might be still in town for the WET that week as well.

DGL I think has a record for their "World Championship Course" in the Dundas Valley. Not sure who has the record right now, maybe Hans? Christian wants it though.
Mar 15, 2019 4:06 AM # 
Oh darn, no I'm off to Australia on the 11th for a few weeks. Next time!

Is that like a best course set on that map or some such?
Mar 15, 2019 4:15 PM # 
It is a training course that Hammer set years ago and then they re-run it over and over again to try to get faster. Hans can run it without a map by now.
Mar 16, 2019 4:40 AM # 
Nice, I think Thomas and Lousie had one of those here but I haven't done it.
Mar 18, 2019 7:08 AM # 
Isn't the Dundas one the course they had there at the World Cup? Maybe I remember this wrong.

The Vancouver course is just a bush wacking course (no navigation). It's 4.5 k long and par for the course is 7 minutes/km :)
Mar 18, 2019 8:22 AM # 
We made one at McCartney creek a bit before we left Thomas... Don't your remember? Not sure it ever caught on.
Mar 18, 2019 2:22 PM # 
Nope, it is the "World Champs" course in Dundas Valley, not the actual World Cup course, which hasn't been re-run that often, a different one. I'm sure someone declared a course "good enough to race the World Champs".

We were going to do one in Ottawa but I wanted to do a pure running course and remember people not liking that. Maybe this spring (aka May in Ottawa).

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