Archive for November, 2010

Ekiden Relays

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Running

Ed Moran (left) Derek Nakluski (right)

This past Thursday I competed in the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan with 5 other members of the Canadian national team with two others as alternates. The experience was  very rewarding however I felt a little upset about my personal leg as the team ran well. I was running the third leg and after Matt Brunsting ran a 5k personal best of 14:04 are team was in 7th place. He handed off to Malindi Elmore who had a great run 15:59 and really put are team in the mix handing of the sash in 4th with 5th and 6th right togeather. When she was coming in my heart was racing I felt a little out of my league, which is something that I need to work on. My confidance was a little low going into the event. After I got the sash I was running with American Ed Moran for the first portion of the race and I felt in oxygen debt from the start. I’m not sure if this is something that can happen from jet leg, but the last time I felt that way was after a trip back from Japan in 2008. Ed ended up pulling away after the first km and Evgeny Rybakov of Russia pasted me before the half way point. Just before 7k Liam Adams of Australia, you can imagine I didn’t feel too good and having it be a team event I felt bad about losing those positions. With 1k to go I put what I had left into it and handed off in 7th position, and felt bad that Carmen Douma-Hussar got the sash alone having to chase after the other teams, she ended up catching the Austrailian team after running 16:41 to hand off to Adam Hortian in 6th. Adam didn’t have a good day and ran feeling sick, he was also upset about his run and how it affected the team as he handed the sash off to Lanni Marchant in 9th. Lanni ran a solid last leg of an odd distance of 7.195k in 24:41 are team finished in 10th of 12 teams which was a little below are expectations. I feel that part of the reason for this was my leg 31:25. I found the race very difficult as it’s a race where you are running on your own and if you let those around you get away it becomes even tougher. The conditions were wind  3.3 miles/second and the temp. 16C . The two alternate runners ran a 5k on the track Natasha Wodak was the 3rd woman 16:38 and Scott Simpson was 6th on the mens side in 15:20. Team Canada completed the relay in 2:15:13 for the full marathon distance with legs of 5k Brunsting, 5k Elmore, 10k Nakluski (me), 5k Douma-Hussar, 10k Hortian and 7.195k Marchant.

Casablanca Classic

Posted: November 13, 2010 in Running

Today I ran the final race of the Niagara Running Sereis, feeling a little under the weather. When the race started it didn’t take long for the feild to spread out. At the 2K mark there were three of us running alone up front, my training partner Adam Hortian, Lucus McAneney, and I in the lead pack. The race continued this way till past the half way mark which we went through in around 12:15. Shortly after this Lucus started falling a little back. By the 5K mark Adam made a few steps on me, but I satyed in striking range until 6K when Adam pulled a little further ahead and went on to win his second Casablanca Classic in as many years. I hung in there and came through the finish in 24:30 for even slpits in the race. Adam won the race in 24:16. Although I didn’t win the race I did end up with 460 points in the Niagara Running Sereis which was enough for me to claim the sereis title.

Top Three

1 Adam HORTIAN Waterloo     248 24:16.8 24:16.8 3:03 Men 25 – 29 1/14 1/197
2 Derek NAKLUSKI Kitchener     243 24:30.8 24:30.8 3:04 Men 25 – 29 2/14 2/197
3 Lucas MCANENEY Toronto     302 24:43.3 24:43.3 3:06 Men 20 – 24 1/8 3/197

Niagara Running Sereis Points Leader

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Running

Throughout the year I’ve been running many road race events invovled in the Subaru Niagara Running Sereis. The sereis of seven events has a points rating for the top ten in each race. With 100 pints to the winner of the race and goes down ten points every place 2nd 90 3rd 80 and so on. There is an overall title, but there is also points and awards for every age group aswell. The sereis is very well run by Jerry Friesen the race director. All the races are flat and fast which makes for good times. Thus far I’ve run four of the six races with the final race Casablanca Classic 8k being the final event Nov. 13 which I plan on running, there will be a solid feild of elite runners that day with Reid Coolsaet the course record holder 23:21, former sereis champion Josephat Ongeri, and last years Casablanca Classic Champion Adam Hortian among a few of the elites I’ll be competing aginist. Thus far in the sereis I’ve had three 2nd place finishes and one win. My three 2nd place finishes came at the expense of Ongeri (twice) and Coolsaet, so  Nov. 13 will be a challenge, but it’s one I look forward too and I hope at the end of the day I’ll be the Niagara Running Sereis Champion!

My Race Performances in the Niagara Sereis 2010

Run the Grapes Half Marathon Sept 19 1st 70:16

Peach Bud 10k June 29 2nd 30:22

Jordan 5k April 10 2nd 14:37

Grimsby Half Marathon Febuary 28 2nd 68:50

Current Points Standings

1st 370 Derek Nakluski

2nd 300 Josephat Ongeri

3rd 290 Victor Gatundu

I recommend this sereis to all runners it’s fast and it’s fun.