Bain, Cyr big winners at P.E.I. RoadRunners Club’s annual awards

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Published on May 01, 2014

Alex Bain running in the 2013 Dunk River Road Race in Central Bedeque.

Published on May 01, 2014

Winners of recent P.E.I. Roadrunners Club awards show off their Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL)/Sport P.E.I. certificates of achievement. From left: Shawn MacLean, representing Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL); Myriam Cyr, junior female Hashem’s Variety points champion; Alex Bain, co-winner of senior male points; Natalie Dallaire, senior female points winner, and Mike Connolly, president of RoadRunners P.E.I.

Published on May 01, 2014

Adrien Sherry was named the P.E.I. RoadRunners Club’s most improved runner for the 2013 season at the association’s recent awards dinner in Charlottetown. Rod Gallant, the recipient of the award in 2012, makes the presentation.

Published on May 01, 2014

Wayne Gairns receives the Guts and Glory award from Kim Bailey at the recent P.E.I. Roadrunners Club awards dinner. The award recognizes individuals who have triumphed over adversity. Gairns, who was the 1989 P.E.I. male runner of the year, has rebounded from two bouts of cancer to resume his running career and post outstanding times.

Published on May 01, 2014

Shelley Mountain receives the Ewen Stewart inspirational runner award from Ewen Stewart, right, and Mark Carr-Rollitt, left, representing the BMO Prince Edward Island Marathon. Mountain has been running for three years. She has made considerable lifestyle changes, and continues to better her times whenever she races.

CHARLOTTETOWN – Myriam Cyr and Alex Bain each took home two honours at the  P.E.I. RoadRunners Club annual awards here recently.

Bain, who is from Oyster Bed Bridge, received an Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) certificate of achievement for having tied Summerside’s Scott Clark for the most championship points during the 2013 season.

Bain was also named the club’s Sporting Intentions male runner of the year. One of the highlights for Bain was qualifying for Boston 2015 after running a blistering 2:53:47 at the BMO P.E.I. Marathon, which was good enough for sixth place.

Bain also recorded his first-ever points race win in the Fall Frolic, and set personal bests in more than half of the chip-timed races he entered.

Cyr, who is from Abram-Village, earned an ADL certificate of achievement after accumulating 116 championship points, and was named the Cox and Palmer rookie of the year. Cyr is coming off an incredible season in which she was the top female runner in seven of the eight races she ran.

The Grade 11 student at Evangeline School represented P.E.I. at the Canada Games in the 800 metres and 1,500 metres, and set a new P.E.I. school record in the 3,000 metres.

ADL certificates of achievement were also presented to championship point winners Jake Mallet (junior male), and Natalie Dallaire (senior female).

Female athlete of year

Charlottetown’s Dianne Watts Pye was selected as the Good Guys Auto Glass female runner of the year following another busy year on the marathon circuit, where she competed in her 50th race.

Training non-stop and entering races across North America, Watts Pye is known for sharing her love of running, knowledge and experience with all runners, and she is a great spokesperson and representative of Island road racing.

 

Inspirational award

Shelley Mountain received the prestigious P.E.I. Marathon Ewen Stewart inspirational runner award for overcoming health challenges to embrace running, and she has encouraged and inspired others to take up the sport.

Mountain is now a regular at the roadrunners events, and has steadily taken seconds off her previous-best times.

 

Most improved

Kensington’s Adrien Sherry took home the Proude’s Shoes-sponsored award for most improved runner. Sherry made great strides since her first five-kilometre race in 2010 as part of the Go! P.E.I. Learn to Run program.  

Sherry has taken minutes off her original times at five and 10 kilometres, and has competed in half marathons and the full P.E.I. Marathon in 2012. She has been an inspiration to many who have just started running.

 

Incredible comeback

The Guts and Glory award was presented to Wayne Gairns, who has made an incredible comeback to racing following two bouts of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Gairns, a longtime runner who ran the Boston Marathon in 1989, had a great 2013 season, the highlight of which was running the gruelling Harvest Festival 25-kilometre race in 2:23:29.

Volunteer of year

Stratford’s Bethany Lucas was the most surprised winner on the night.

The longtime association secretary was announced as the Gemini Screen Printing and Embroidery volunteer of the year for her many years of involvement with the organization.

Organizations: ADL, P.E.I. RoadRunners Club, Boston 2015 BMO P.E.I. Marathon Evangeline School Canada Games P.E.I. school Boston Marathon

Geographic location: Abram-Village, North America

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