Running Groups and Clinics

Running Groups and Clinics

It is that time of year again when the weather starts improving and runners of all experience levels start thinking about group runs and running clinics.

To get some feedback from the community we are asking if you would comment on your interest in participating in an organized program such as a group run or clinic. In your comments please do not hesitate to elaborate on what you would like to benefit or accomplish from attending one of these sessions.  This could include meeting other runners, find running partners, improve running economy , help motivate you to achieve a goal or train for a race event.

We have a very vibrant and skilled running community here in Clarenville and the Random Runners is here to promote and encourage people to maintain an active lifestyle and achieve goals through running.

Therefore, it would be great if we can get some feedback from the community in order to provide and facilitate the necessary programs.

You can provide comments directly to our posting here or on Facebook . For a more private message please send us an email through Facebook messaging or at

Thanks so much and Happy Running :)

Reindeer Romp & Potluck Social with 2015 Membership Registration

For any non-members who would like to become a member of the Random Runners Club and participate in the Reindeer Romp and afternoon Social on December 7th,2014, we invite you to come along and signup.

Registration forms for membership will be available prior to the run. Membership fees for the 2015 season are $10/person.  Registration renewal for all existing members can also be collected at this time. The club will be posting further information regarding the upcoming 2015 season on our website at . Looking forward to this fun afternoon together and hopefully we will have a big turnout given the great number of runners we have in the Clarenville and surrounding areas. Please bring along the correct membership amount as there is no guarantee we will have the correct change on hand.  For more information regarding the club, please feel free to check out our website and Facebook page.


Random Runners 5K Reindeer Romp & Potluck Social – December 7th, 2014

The Random Runners would like to thank the club members for an excellent year and to show our appreciation we invite members and their families  to attend a Fun Run and Potluck Social at the Bill Davis Chalet on Sunday, December 7th from 2-6pm.

The year-end festivities will include a 5k fun run with your chance to win free membership for 2015. Following the run a social will commence at the Bill Davis Chalet with potluck foods, refreshments and a keynote presentation (to be announced).

The social is intended to be an informal and fun event. During the afternoon members are also encouraged, at their leisure, to get up and share stories about their running achievements from this past year and/or goals for the upcoming year.

This is a potluck so we ask members to bring along food item. Feel free to share with us your one-of-kind running recipe, your go-to comfort food or even some Christmas goodies. The club will provide non-alcoholic refreshments for the social.

This is a member’s only event and all members are welcomed to bring along their families.  We also ask that you consider bringing along a

non-perishable food item for donation to the local food bank. We hope to make this an annual event and look forward to seeing you all on December 7th.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lee Bennett at


Round The Bay 10K – Tickle Cove, NL

The Community Connections Committee will be hosting the “Round The Bay 10K” in Tickle Cove on September 28, 2014. The event will consist of a 5K and 10K run along with a fun walk. For complete event details please see event poster below.Round The Bay 10K poster

Terry Fox Run 2014 – Clarenville, NL

On Sunday September 14th 2014, at Riverside Elementary School in Shoal Harbour, our local Terry Fox Organizing committee will be hosting the 4th annual Clarenville Area Terry Fox Run. Registration will take place at 10:00 am in the school gymnasium with the 5 km run/walk to follow at 10:30 am. As well, there will be a 1km race for the younger children at the school.

Please note that the 5km course will only be marshaled until 12:00 noon.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the previously scheduled reading by Author, Ms. Maxine Trottier, from her acclaimed book, Terry Fox: A Story of Hope has been cancelled.

We ask that all marshals please meet at the school gynasium by no later than 10:15 am on the morning of the run.


Random Runners & Clarenville Area Organizing Committee


Another Successful Clarenville Days Road Race

Congratulations to all the runners and walkers at this year’s 2014 Clarenville Days Road Race. It was truly an exciting race with over 100 participants. The conditions were very warm but that did not stop some very impressive finish times in both the 5K and 8K distance. The official race results and standings will be posted shortly.

The winners of each event in both the male and female categories are as follow;

5 Km – Male: David Freake; Female: Keeley Cox

8 Km – Male: Craig Vokey ; Female: Debie Hiscock

Thanks so much too all the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help put off this event. You all set such a high standard when it comes to quality and preparation.  This is certainly a reflection in the amount of interest and involvement that this race has garnered over the past few years.

Great job and performance by all, hope to see you again in 2015 (

Church Street Festival FUNRUN – Bonavista, NL


Clarenville Days Road Race – July 16, 2014


Running with the Grade Six Students at Riverside Elementary







Running with the Grade Six Students at Riverside Elementary

On May 22 two very special members and experienced runners from the Random Runners Club hosted a running clinic for the grade six students at Riverside Elementary School. Both Keith Barrington and Lyn Gorman are excellent ambassadors for the sport of running and overall active living. Having a huge resume of running experience between them both, we are very fortunate to have them not only as members of the club but as leaders within the club. When Keith and Lyn recently mentioned that they would be hosting a running clinic for students at Riverside I was very interested in knowing more about the clinic and how their day went.  Following the clinic they graciously sent me a wonderful write-up about their day and about their experiences working with the young students of Riverside.


“Today I had the opportunity along with Lyn to do a running clinic with some 85 grade six students from Riverside school. There were 4 groups of approximately 20. We had 40 minutes with each group.  We first met for about 15 minutes for introductions and to talk about our running experiences as well as explaining the benefits of running.  We emphasized how to run for the enjoyment of it even if a person does not necessarily have a competitive nature. We stressed that running for the fun of it is most important and that it was the easiest sport to get involved in ie: you can run anywhere at any time with little equipment other than good shoes and comfortable clothes.  The students found it interesting that we could run all winter long.  They were surprised that there are some people in their 80’s that run marathons.   We focused as well on how to start slow and run at a pace that is comfortable enough to chat with a friend. This is where the most aerobic benefit is gained.  We also explained that the benefits of running would be seen in other sports they participated in.

We then went upstairs to the track at the Event Center and I did a 10 minute running session for those who wanted to run for that time and Lyn did the 10 minute run/walk for the others. All students participated for the 10 minutes although some had not run that long before. The overall response was great.

After we sat down to get some feedback and there were many questions from the students regarding our running experiences as well as queries about the difference between jogging and running; they asked about my experience at Boston; they wanted to know about what kind of shoes to wear;   and how far one should run without stopping.   They also asked questions about running with asthma or with injuries such as a sprained ankle. 

We let them know that Random Runners is involved in 2 organized runs in Clarenville,  the Clarenville Days Run and the Terry Fox Run and encouraged them to set goals for their running and perhaps take part in these events.  Overall we believe they enjoyed the experience very much.”

Keith and Lyn



Random Runners Club – AGM

The Random Runners Club will be having their Annual General Meeting at 7:00pm Monday, June 2, 2014. All are welcomed! The meeting will be held at the Clarenville Events Centre Ted Cooper Room located on the main concourse. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and hope that you are able to join us on Monday… to kick-off the season and plan for upcoming events. Be sure to check out on our website and facebook.
The Random Runners Club was formed in the spring of 2009 by a group of runners from Clarenville and area with a goal to promote running for people of all ages and abilities. We host the annual Clarenville Days Road Race with our sponsor CIBC. There is a 5k and 8km race available for participants. It is a fun event and participation grows every year.
Running is a sport that allows you to participate as an individual and also allows you the opportunity to run with others. Running with a partner or a group is sometimes just the incentive we need to get out the door as we have made a commitment to run. Also, when running with others you tend to improve your running skills as you are challenged by other runners.
Many of the runners in our club set personal goals for themselves and then train to achieve these goals. For example, many members train for the Clarenville Race Day and/or the Tely 10.
There are a lot of skilled runners in the club who can help you with issues regarding how to start a running program, improve your running, and avoid injuries. As well, they can assist you with setting up a training program to achieve your goals.
Running is a wonderful sport with awesome health benefits. We encourage you to join the Random Runners and meet other runners with whom you can share this wonderful sport.