Tuesday Tempo starts over Oct 22nd

New Tempo training session starts over Oct 22nd

If you are considering Running the Island Race Series or the Comox 1/2 Marathon in 2020 this is a good time to get started. This is a good way to boost your pace and endurance, everyone works at their own pace, a great place to start.
This is generally out and back style training.
First session will be 3 X 5 minutes of training with recovery period.

Time:Tuesday evening at 6 PM
Location: Ballenas High School parking lot, to the left side of the school.

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2019 Mother’s Day Race Donations

Doug Marshall (President: Team ORCA) and Donna de Bellefeuille (Race Director: Oceanside Mother’s Day Run), present cheques to Haven Society, Mid Island Distance Club and Forward House. Julie Field, branch manager and staff of the RBC, Qualicum with their donation to Haven Society through their Day of Service in the Oceanside community, providing 7 volunteers on race day.

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2019 Island Series Winners

The last race of the 2019 island race series was held on Sunday, April 14th at Bazan Bay 5k in Sydney.

  • Jill Davies and Terry Riggins were there to represent Orca and both won their age groups
  • Jill Davies: first in 75-79 with a time of 30:33
  • Terry Riggins: first in 70- 74 with a time of 22:41

Jill completed 6 of the 8 race series and was first in her agegroup for all of them. She was the highest in individual standings to win the $100 Front Runners certificate. Jill also managed to achieve two course records for the Sooke 10k and the Port Alberni Paperchase 15k.

Well done Jill!!!

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 dougb2016@telus.net

2018 AGM

Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Serious Coffee, 1209 E. Island Hwy, Parksville

Members in attendance – Heather Beatty, David Beatty, Kris Riggins, Terry Riggins, Sue Thompson, Gerry Thompson, Don Petrie, Sandra A. Webb, Jill Davies, Maureen Kenyon, Don Barber, Faye Amos, Barb Low, Patti Rogers, Penny Youngash, Christine Rivers, Dean Williams, Barb Wildman- Spencer, Barry Carr, Donna de Bellefeuille, Catherine Trembath, Penny Knorr, Stephanie McLeod, Jody Parkes and Chris Chiment (as well as one attendee whose name was not on the list).

Board of Directors in Attendance:
President: Barbara Low
Treasurer: Gerry Thompson
Secretary: Barbara Low (interim)
Membership Director: (Doug Brown absent) (Barbara Low, co-director)
Public Relations Director: Jill Davies
Social Director: Barb Wildman-Spencer

Mother’s Day Race Director, Co-Director: Donna de Bellefeuille and Barry Carr
Learn to Run Program:  (Doug Brown, also representing Rod Bailey, both absent) Read more