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Richmond Kajaks masters runner takes gold at nationals

Avril Douglas won her category at the nationals in Ottawa last weekend
Kajaks' Avril Douglas took gold at the nationals in Ottawa last weekend

Fresh from breaking age group records in the fall, evergreen Richmond runner Avril Douglas has upped the ante.

Last weekend at the National Cross Country Championships in Ottawa, Kajaks’ masters athlete Douglas took the gold medal in her (70-75 yo F) age group.

Douglas actually finished ninth overall with a time of 37:01.

As well as representing Richmond’s Kajaks, Douglas was flying the flag for the BC Masters Team.

She recently retired from coaching the Kajaks’ Track Rascals program, after running it for more than a decade.

Meanwhile, the Kajaks would like to remind people that track and field is not just a seasonal sport, conducted in the better weather.

They point out that, when people try to register for programs in the spring, for example, it can be a bit late because the club is already halfway through the training program.

Track and field, said the club, is a “year-round program. Cross Country is part of it and this is in the fall. For the other events (run, jump, throw), there are athletes training now in preparation for the competition season.”

Kajaks has programs for elementary (junior development), high school (athlete development), varsity (university), and adults (masters for 35+).

The club has opened registration for winter programs that will start in January.

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