BBC 2008 summary

first_imgA summary of the 2008 Blizzard Bike Club season, from club tyrant Pat Ferris:The Blizzard Bike Club finished off its 26th season with its riders getting a repeat Challenge Cup win, a provincial medal, two BC Summer Games medals, 8 BC Seniors Games medals and three Ironman finishers. The season was highlighted by the driest, nicest weather the club racing season ever had. That is, once it warmed up in April! The season started early for the Blizzards with the Roubaix Cup series kicking off March 2 under -17 degree temperatures. Bob Andrews won the first race and went on to win the three race series. Billy Bucknall finished the Malaysian Ironman in March. He completed the grueling event in 11 hours 57 minutes. He recovered nicely and went on to do the Coeur D’Alene Ironman with a 10:25:00, in July. The Spring Stage Race was an early, snowy affair. Blaine Richter won the 7 stage race with 24 points, 1 point ahead of Pat Ferris. Robin Baillie was third with 11 points. Kendra Young won the under 19 trophy and Barb Polehoykie won the Women’s ahead of Kathryn Fairweather. It was a sad time for the club in April as long time Blizzard rider Terry Stone passed away in Victoria. Terry was a well like, much decorated cyclist. 35 riders came out in July to Hudson’s Hope for the first annual Terry Stone Memorial Race. Past Ferris won the 40 k time trial with 1:04:13 and Sandy McDonald the Women’s at 1:14:38. Stephen Ferris went to Vancouver to compete in the tough Pro-Am BC Superweek Series. Gord Harris was the dominator in the 5 race duathlon series. Gord Harris and Barb Polehoykie both led the locals in the Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Stony Plain and Prince George triathlons. Kendra Young brought back two medals from the BC Summer Games in Kelowna. Blizzards won the Challenge Cup trophy yet, again, with a whopping 679 points over GP’s 334 and DC’s 231. Pat Ferris won the overall points for men and Sandy McDonald for the Women’s. Colter Young and Robin Baillie won three stages, Pat Ferris two stages and Stephen Ferris one stage. Colter Young had a busy season with the Alberta Junior Team . They traveled to the Tour D’Abitibi, A Belize stage race and a race in Vermont. The locals placed 8th in their first effort at the World Masters Time Trial Challenge, in September. Gord Harris completed his second Penticton Ironman in August with a time of 14:08:46 hours.At BC Seniors Games competition, Bill Lindsay won three gold’s, Richard Wood two gold’s and silver and Gord Harris silver and a bronze. The new mountain bike circuit was a hit. Pat Ferris held off Gary Hilderman to win the series and the Championship under very nice weather. Barb Polehoykie was the women’s winner. The cyclo cross season was popular both in town and in the big city races. Blizzards did the National Cyclo cross Championships and a UCI race in Edmonton with Robin Baillie 4th, Colter Young 6th and Pat Ferris 8th in their categories. In Provincials, Colter Young won a Gold Medal and Robin Baillie getting a 4th place. The club banquet in October signaled the end of the season. Riders did manage to catch one of the last nice days of the season Nov. 2nd and try out some new pavement before winter got here. Pray for Thanks Pat, and congrats to the BBC on a great season.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Exclusive – Danny Murphy ‘very positive’ about Liverpool’s chances this season

first_imgLiverpool hero Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT he is feeling “very positive” about the new Premier League season following the Reds’ busy summer transfer window.Brendan Rodgers has recruited wisely during the off season, strengthening all areas of his squad with seven additions including the £32.5million arrival of striker Christian Benteke, defender Nathaniel Clyne for £12.5m and England international James Milner in a free transfer.The Reds seem to have profited from the changes already, with Rodgers’ men unbeaten in their pre-season campaign, while Benteke – who is likely to start the new campaign as the club’s main striker – opened his Liverpool account with a fine goal on Sunday.And Kop favourite Murphy believes they are a more balanced team than the one which finished a disappointing sixth in the league last term.“I’m feeling positive about Liverpool’s season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The signings last summer were a bit rushed after [Luis] Suarez’s exit and some of them obviously haven’t worked, but when you look at it now… their squad looks a lot healthier than it did.“I really like Benteke, I think he’s got some brilliant attributes to play that role and with the creativity behind him I think he’ll get a lot of chances and will score a lot of goals.“Milner was an astute signing as well, he’ll add some experience and legs to the midfield with the departure of Stevie G – though I’m not saying he is Stevie G, far from it.“Also, Clyne is a full-back who can defend and attack, he’ll get forward and provide some ammunition for Benteke.“The squad just looks far more balanced and I’m feeling very positive for Liverpool.”last_img read more


first_imgPREPERATIONS are at an advanced stage for the staging of the 8th annual Danny McDaid 15 road race-fun run which takes place on Sunday, August 12.It was once the preserve of the elite runners – but now the Danny McDaid 15k has a fun run element too.Almost 200 athletes from all over Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and further afield put their toe to the line for last year’s race and with a growing resurgence in keeping fit and competitive racing organisers are hoping the record turnout in 2011 will be suprassed. The event was formally launched recently at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny , who are the main sponsors of the event. The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.The 8th annual Danny McDaid 15k it promises to be the best event to date.The winner of the race last year was Patrick Brennan in a time of 48.59 is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and attracts top runners from all over the country.However, the organisers are also hoping people will come out and jog around the course which runs from the town out around New Mills and Rashedogue before finishing back in town via Conwal. The event is run in honour of double Olympian and LAC club stalwart, Danny McDaid who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for Ireland in Berlin and Melbourne.Speaking at the launch, Brendan McDaid of LAC, said the event has been growing in popularity ever year since its inception.“The Danny McDaid 15k carries a special aura and appeal for all runners. It is a top event on the local racing calendar but we’re also appealing to people to come out and just run the course. It is a great race and the numbers are growing every year,” he said.“We’re delighted to have The Station House as our main sponsor for the race.Mr Brian Gallagher, Proprietor of The Station House Hotel said he was delighted to be involved with the event. “Danny McDaid is a household name across the country. LAC is a great club and fosters great young talent. As a local businessman I’m always delighted to help out in any way I can.,’ he said.The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.The top ten last year were: Patrick Brennan (LAC 48.59), Ciaran Doherty (LAC 49.11), Pauric McKinney (LAC 50.44), Michael Black (LAC 51.13), Paddy Doherty (City of Derry 51.25), Gary Crossan (LAC 52.38), Pius McIntyre (Foyle Valley (52.42), Paul McCafferty (City of Derry (53.16), Gavin Crawford (24/7 Triathlon 53.28) and Paul McGlinchey (LAC 53.57)HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR THE DANNY MCDAID 15K was last modified: July 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:15kDanny McDaidroad racelast_img read more