December 16, 2013
The BC Endurance project took away top honors in both the Senior Women’s & Senior Men’s races at the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach, Vancouver on Nov.30. Battling against mud, rain and strong competition both Natasha Wodak (PIH) & Luc Bruchet (UBC/Point Grey) came away victorious using decisive closing finishes. These results cap off impressive and successful years for both.
In 2013, Luc set personal bests at all distances from 800m to 5000m, winning the NAIA 1500m title, finishing 4th in the 5000m at Nationals and competing at the FISU Universiade. Natasha’s year included a Vancouver Sun Run victory (32:42pb), a National Championship title at 10000m, representing Canada at the Francophone Games and a 2:35:16 marathon debut.
BCEP was also represented well in the men’s race at the XC Championships by Rob Watson (7th). A solid rebound from a personal best performance of 2:13:29 just 4 weeks earlier at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. In the women’s race, Sabrina Wilkie mixed it up with the lead group early on & held on for a 9th place finish. That place was good enough to put her on her first national team for the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Tobago early next in 2014.
The BC Endurance project is benefitting greatly from the expert services of ‘Team Physio’ Chris Napier of Restore Physiotherapy (http://restorephysiotherapy.ca/who-we-are-vancouver/). Staying healthy is a constant battle at this level and Chris’ fine work is and has kept several of the athletes ‘in the game’.
The newest addition to the BCEP support system is Jon-Erik Kawamoto of JK Conditioning (http://jkconditioning.com/). Jon is a SFU Alumni and one of the best strength and conditioning experts out there. His background in distance running crossed with top notch knowledge and practical applications make him a great resource and asset for the group.
New to the BC Endurance Project is Dayna Pidhoresky from Tecumseh, Ontario. Dayna is one of the top Canadian distance running prospects with a strong history of great results from 5k to 30km. A national team member and 2011 National 10km and Around The Bay (30km) champion, Dayna will be a great addition to the project. We all apologize for the recent snow fall and cold temps.
Head Coach, BC Endurance Project