Overcast skies didn't deter runners from raising funds for women's shelter 

2014 event Coverage by Bayfield Breeze • (Vol. 5 Week 24 Issue 258)

Overcast skies and the threat of rain on the morning of June 9th, 2014 didn’t deter nearly 300 people from participating in the sixth annual Safe Harbour Run held in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter.

The Safe Harbour Run is number three in the Runpiker Series from Runners' Choice in London. Other runs are held in Goderich, Woodstock, Embro, Exeter, Ingersoll, St Mary’s, Stratford and The Pinery Provincial Park. Each run raises money for local charities. Runs are held from May to mid-October.

Bayfield was overrun on Sunday morning by participants in the Runners' Choice Runpikers Series. The Safe Harbour Run is an annual fundraiser for the Huron Women's Shelter.

Bayfield was overrun on Sunday morning by participants in the Runners' Choice Runpikers Series. The Safe Harbour Run is an annual fundraiser for the Huron Women's Shelter.

Participants had a choice of running 10 KM, 5 KM or 2 KM. There is also a thrilling Kiddy Trot.

The Kiddy Trot was held for participants aged two to eight years. The youngsters ran 300 metres around Clan Gregor Square to the finish line and everyone who took part received a medal.

The 2K Fun Run/Walk involved 42 participants aged five to 68 years. Two hundred and thirteen people took part in the 5 KM Competitive Run. Their ages ranged from ten to 69 years. The 10 KM Run saw 36 competitors that ranged in age from 13-61 years.

The top three male finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Jack McDonald, of Elora, with a time of 8:18.0; second, Ben Marsh, Grand Bend, 9:05.6; and third, Alex Gould, of Bayfield, 9:33.7. The top three female finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Jaime Bullas, of London, 9:32.2; second, Brooke Kobe, of Grand Bend, 9:58.6; and third, Kelly Mantel, of Princeton, 10:16.3.

The overall male winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Matt Suda, of London, with a time of 16:16.2; second, Mike Park, of Clinton, 16:44.9; and third, Doug Roswell, of London, 17:19.0. The overall female winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Megan Dale of Stratford, 20:04.0; second, Mackenzie Martin, of Ilderton, 20:52.6 and third, Teresa Novick, of London, 21:14.4

The overall male winners in the 10 KM Run were: first, Seth Marcaccio, of London, with a time of 32:54.0; second, Craig McAllister, of London, 38:46.4; and third, Daniel Depotie, of London, 39:58.7. The overall female winners in the10 KM Run were: first, Mary Nash, of London, 44:49.8; second Mia Poscente, of Thornhill, 45:07.3; and third, Tara Kleuskens, of Goderich, 47:25.6.

Runners come from far and near to compete in the Safe Harbour Run. This year runners came from as far as Toronto to take part.


Perfect morning for a "jog" about town

2013 event Coverage by Bayfield Breeze • (Vol. 4 Week 25 Issue 206)

Mother Nature offered up the perfect weather conditions on June 9th, 2013 for the fifth annual Safe Harbour Run held in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter. The number of participants was up over last year with over 380 registrants taking part in the run that started and ended in Clan Gregor Square.

The Safe Harbour Run is number three in the Runpiker Series from Runners' Choice in London. Other runs are held in Goderich, Woodstock, Exeter, Ingersoll, St Mary’s, Stratford and The Pinery Provincial Park. Each run raises money for local charities.

New this year was a 10 KM run added to the usual 5 KM, 2 KM and Kiddy Trot.

The Kiddy Trot was held for participants aged two to eight years. The youngsters ran 300 metres around Clan Gregor Square to the finish line and everyone who took part received a medal.

The 2K Fun Run/Walk involved 58 participants aged four to 65 years. Two hundred and fifty-seven people took part in the 5K Competitive Run. Their ages ranged from seven to 77 years. The new 10 KM Run saw 68 competitors that ranged in age from 18-69 years.

The top three male finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Joshua Zelek, of Stratford, in a time of 7:23; second, Ethan Aarts, of Lakeside, 7:50; and third, Jack McDonald, of Elora, 7:54. The top three female finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Haley Gibson, of Lucknow, 9:10; second, Kelly Mantel, of Princeton, 9:24; and third, Emma Franssen, 9:25.

The overall male winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Jordan Kadlecik, of Grand Bend with a time of 16:30; second, Mike Park, of Clinton,17:08; and third, Chris Henricks, of London,19:46. The overall female winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Madeline Aarts, of Lakeside, 20:26; second, Kathy Mantel, of Princeton, 21:16; and third, Chloe Middegaal, of Londesborough, 22:39.

The open male winners in the 10 KM Run were: first, Matt Suda, of London, in a time of 33:47; second, Drew Macaulay, of Goderich, 34:27; and third, Lubos Pavlik, of London, 36:19. The open female winners in the10 KM Run were: first, Kate Reid, of London, 39:05; second, Stephanie Muise, 42:55; and third, Diana Teal, of Goderich, 45:45.

Runners participated from neighbouring communities as well as from Kincardine, Niagara Falls, London, Waterloo, Woodstock and Guelph.


Over 360 runners wind their way through village

2012 event Coverage by Bayfield Breeze • (Vol. 3 Week 25 Issue 154)

June 10th, 2012 dawned sunny, humid and hot with temperatures already at 24 Celcius for the early morning run held in Clan Gregor Square, but that did not deter over 360 people from participating in the fourth annual Safe Harbour Run held in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter.

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The Safe Harbour Run is number three in the Runpiker Series from Runners' Choice in London. Other runs are held in Goderich, Woodstock, Exeter, Ingersoll, St Mary’s and The Pinery Provincial Park. Each run raises money for local charities.

There were three races held.

The Kiddy Trot was held for participants aged two to eight years. About 20 children ran in the Kiddy Trot. They ran 300 metres around Clan Gregor Square to the finish line and everyone who took part received a medal.

The 2K Fun Run/Walk involved 34 participants aged six to 69 years. Three hundred and twenty-seven people took part in the 5K Competitive Run. Their ages ranged from eight to 76 years.

The top three male finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, MacKenzie Berard, 13, of Bayfield, in a time of 07:50; second, Sam Dupuis, 11, of Bayfield, 08:35; and third, Jack MacDonald, 10, of Elora, 08:38. The top three female finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Madelyn Eybergen, 11, of Kincardine, 08:54; second, MacKayla Hayes, 10, of Embro, 09:24; and third, Britt Flowers, 18, of Mitchell, 09:30.

The overall men's winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Adam Cornwall, St. Mary’s, in a time of 16:24; second, Mike Chapman, of London, 16:39; and third, Mike Park, of Clinton, 17:12. The overall women's winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Dominika Jamnicky, of Guelph, 18:18; second, Nicole Kerr, of Blyth, 20:06; and third, Gillian Roberts, of London, 20:19.


Over 350 runners pound the pavement for the huron women's shelter

2011 event Coverage by Bayfield Breeze • (Vol. 3 Week 25 Issue 102)

Clan Gregor Square was a very busy place in the early morning hours of June 12th, 2011 as participants gathered for the third annual Safe Harbour Run held in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter.

The 5 KM Safe Harbour Run event started on the North Side of Clan Gregor Square and made its way along picturesque village streets. There were 293 individuals registered in the longer run with their ages ranging from nine to 70 years.

The 5 KM Safe Harbour Run event started on the North Side of Clan Gregor Square and made its way along picturesque village streets. There were 293 individuals registered in the longer run with their ages ranging from nine to 70 years.

The Safe Harbour Run is number four in the Runpiker Series from Runners' Choice in London. Other runs are held in Goderich, Woodstock, Dorchester, Exeter, Ingersoll, Stratford and The Pinery Provincial Park. Each run raises money for local charities.

There were three races held.

The Kiddy Trot was held for participants aged two to eight years. About 20 children ran in the Kiddy Trot. They ran 300 metres around Clan Gregor Square to the finish line and everyone who took part received a medal.

The 2K Fun Run/Walk involved 45 participants aged five to 61 years. Two hundred and ninety-three people took part in the 5K Competitive Run. Their ages ranged from nine to 70 years.

The top three male finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, MacKenzie Berard, 11, of Bayfield, in a time of 08:08; second, Denzel Bolinger, 9, of Dublin, 08:34; and third, Jack MacDonald, 9, of Elora, 09:06. The top three female finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Evelyn Walsh, 9, of Egmondville, 08:40; second, Jordan Berard, 13, of Bayfield, 08:44; and third, Kristen Walsh, 12, of Egmondville, 09:18.

The overall men's winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Mike Chapman, of London, in a time of 16:40; second, Patrick Deane, of Thorndale, 17:36; and third, Mike Park, of Clinton, 17:52. The overall women's winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Bridget Jeffray, of Goderich, 20:43; second, Michele Studhalter, of Blyth, 21:39; and third, Deena Covey, of Adrian, 22:09.


Nearly 300 people participate in 5 KM run for Huron women's shelter

2010 event Coverage by Bayfield Breeze • (Week 25 Issue 50)

Participants in the 2 KM Run listen to race instructions before they set out on the course.

Participants in the 2 KM Run listen to race instructions before they set out on the course.

Since 1985 the Huron Women’s Shelter in Goderich has been a sanctuary for women and children in crisis. The Safe Harbour Run is an aptly named fundraising event for the shelter. It was held in Bayfield on the morning of June 13th, 2010.

This was the second year for this run. The Safe Harbour Run is number three in the Runpiker Series from Runners' Choice in London. Other runs are held in Woodstock, Dorchester, Embro, Exeter, Stratford, Ingersoll and The Pinery Provincial Park. Each run raises money for local charities.

“We were thrilled with the number of people who came out to support us,” said Lynne Godkin, Bayfield Race Director.   “We had approximately 30 children seven years and under in the Kiddy Trot. They ran 300 metres around Clan Gregor Square to the finish line and everyone received a medal.”

In the 2 KM fun run/walk there were 49 participants and in the 5 KM there were 259.  Both runs started and ended at Clan Gregor Square.

In the 5 KM run, the overall men's winners were Justin Hall, of London, in a time of 15:33: second, Drew MacAuley, of Goderich, in 15:48; and third, Jeff Thuss, of Goderich in 16:34.  The women's overall winners were Mariel Fluttert, of Thorndale in a time of 20:25; second, Steph Muise, of London, in 20:52; and third, Samantha Mcguiness, of Stratford, in 21.06.