Inside the Runner’s Mind

November 5, 2012

Inside the Runner’s Mind is a podcast featuring interviews with some of BCs most expectional runners, both past and present. Hosted by BC Johnny (aka John Atkinson), recent interviewees have included former Olympians Carey Nelson and Art Boileau, and Octogenarian World Record holder BJ McHugh.

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Interview with Natasha Fraser

September 17, 2012

By Chris Kelsall, Athletics Illustrated

Natasha (Wodak) Fraser of Port Moody, British Columbia is preparing to compete in her favourite running discipline, cross-country. She plans to race the Canadian Cross Country Championships that take place at Jericho Beach near downtown Vancouver on Saturday, November 24th.

On September 1st Fraser ran a new 10,000m personal best at the BC 10,000m Championships in Victoria, BC. She finished first in thirty-three minutes and forty-four seconds. Fraser has won the 50,000-competitor strong Vancouver Sun Run in under 34 minutes. She also won the Victoria TC10k that takes place one week after the Sun Run.

She competed in the NAIA for Simon Fraser University. She suffered burnout and after taking a break from competition came back refreshed with a new level of enthusiasm.

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‘Emotional’ Jessica Smith wins spot as B.C. athlete on Olympic Track team

July 3, 2012

VANCOUVER — The weariness was evident in Jessica Smith’s voice on Monday, having arrived back in North Vancouver the night before from Calgary after the weekend’s drama-filled Canadian track and field Olympic trials.

“It’s been pretty emotional and physically draining for the last couple of days,” admitted Smith, who got the necessary top three finish in the women’s 800 metres, albeit by just 9/100ths of a second.

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Living a passionate life

April 20, 2012

By James Clarke, Parksville Qualicum Beach News

An interview in two parts with Wheelchair racer Michele Stilwell.

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Cliff Childs Interview

January 3, 2012

By Chris Kelsall

University of Victoria Vikes cross-country and track athlete Clifford Childs, in his fifth and final year of eligibility, helped his team to their ninth, tenth and eleventh Canada West cross-country titles in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). They placed third nationally, with 82 points finishing behind Guelph (20) and Windsor (49), respectively on November 12, 2011.

While the Kelowna, BC native and Vikes Team Captain is finishing up his economics degree, he is planning on helping the Vikes to more team awards at the CIS Track and Field Championships, to cap off the 2012 Vikes season March 8th through 10th at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

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John Atkinson podcast – Inside the Runner’s Mind

December 1, 2011

VFAC’s John Atkinson has launched a new podcast.   The premise is to interview exceptional runners and members of the running community – finding out why they run and how/why running has become such an integral part of their lives.

Kicking off the inaugural episode of Inside the Runner’s Mind is an interview with one of the fastest masters runners around:  British expat and Canadian transplant, Kevin O’Connor.  Hear about Kev’s cherished red spikes, his nutrition secrets and how he famously hired a new coach after PB-ing in the ’96 Sun Run.

Brew yourself a pot of tea, sit back and put your feet up, and listne to the in-depth interviews here:

Cameron Levins Interview

December 1, 2011

By Brandon Laan

Runners Feed had the opportunity to catch up with the 2012 Canadian Cross Country Champion who also placed 4th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships one week ago! Levins shares how much he values his friends and family and how he can’t wait to don the red and white singlet post collegiately (perhaps at the 2012 London Games!).

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