Calling All Coaches!

Any ORCAs interested in coaching young runners? Here is a letter from coach Jane Waite, who needs help this Spring (

Hello Athletes

It was great to reconnect/meet some you at our registration night last week. I am looking forward to seeing you all after Spring Break for track start on April 3rd.
We are in need of JD coaches this year, I have spoken to some who may be interested, but am sending to all , incase there is some hidden track and field enthusiasts out there. The commitment would be once or twice a week for 1.5 hours. If you can’t make a week or two we can work around it.
There is a track and field sport coaching course in Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Track April 13-15th. It is an entry level course which teaches you a little bit about all the the events. You get to try your hand at shot put, discus, javelin, high jump , long jump, warm up / cool down exercises & you learn about the lines on the track, rules for starts finishes and running  events. The friday night is about nutrition / ethics / running a practice and general info , the saturday /sunday is technical/practical information on running , jumping and throwing events. You have to bring your shorts / exercise clothes and a sense of fun (and probably some water). If your son or daughter are doing track it will give you some insight and help you help them.
The club will cover the registration cost, just keep the receipt and give it to me or our new treasurer Rachel. You can register and find more info at  and follow the links for the Sport Coach Clinic there.
If you help out with coaching , reply to this email. I’d love to hear from you!
Coach Jane

Time for Tempo Tuesdays!

Want to pick up the pace through the Spring? Beginning Tuesday, March 20th, the Tuesday night ORCA tempo group will be launching the tempo program. This would be a good time for anyone who may be interested in joining tempo to come out.

We meet at Ballenas high school main parking lot at 6:00pm every Tuesday evening.

If anyone has any questions they can contact Jackie at 250-954-1559 or email her at or text at 250-240-2167.

2019 Resolutions? Get Fit, Have Fun, Learn to Run


As the holiday season with its celebrations and festivities has ended, traditionally it is also a time for reflection.  For many there are resolutions too. Maybe this is the year to gain, or regain a level of fitness or perhaps lose a few pounds, even plan to walk or run a 5K race. And how often do those New Year resolutions become part of the ‘History of Wishful Thinking’?

The Oceanside Running Club may have just the solution. Once again the Club is offering its annual ‘Learn to Run’ clinic for anyone who wants to sustain their New Year resolution and do it with the support of others in a carefully structured programme that starts on Wednesday February 6th.

Said clinic coach, Doug Brown “This is a programme for adults who want to learn healthy running skills in a safe and supportive environment.” Doug explained “You may have been a runner once and want to run again. You may be recovering from injury and want to regain your fitness however you don’t have to be a runner or have previous running experience to take part. You do need to be able to walk comfortably at a reasonably brisk pace for 35-40 minutes”. Doug went on to explain that the programme is very carefully structured starting with walk/run sessions. The key is to gradually increase the running intervals while reducing the walk breaks as slowly but surely the participants build their stamina and running ability.

Maureen Forscutt, a graduate from one of the earlier Learn to Run clinics says that it is ideal to start the clinic at the first session. “Nobody’s left behind. You start out walking and then someone calls out “Run!” and you run for the prescribed time then there is a call to walk again.  The great thing is that when you are a beginner you don’t even need to keep track as Doug and his helpers focus on the timing.”

This year’s clinic starts on February 6th and will take place weekly on Wednesday evenings between 6.00 – 6.45 pm. The sessions build over the weeks to the final clinic on Wednesday May 9th. This is the Wednesday before the Oceanside Mothers’ Day 5K Run/Walk on Sunday May 12th. The clinic registration fee of $40.00 includes the race entry fee for those who want to set themselves a goal or maybe decide as the weeks progress, that this might just be a great personal target!

For more information: Contact Doug at 250.248.8342 or email