Club Awards

The following is a list of the Burlington Runners Club awards that are presented at the annual Dinner and Dance in November. A brief history and description of each award follows.

Gord McComb Memorial Award
Selected by the Vice President and a committee of past recipients chosen by the VP; based on nominations from club members.

Gord McComb was one of the founding members of the Club who ran Boston in 1973 as one of the "Magnificent Seven". He was a man who loved to run and who spread the word about the virtues and benefits of running by encouraging others to run. From 1973 until his death from cancer in 1979, Gord McCoomb was a tireless worker for the running club and an active supporter of the Burlington Road Race.

In 1980, funds were raised to purchase a commemorative trophy honouring Gord McComb. At the time, several guidelines were laid down concerning the selection criteria. They are as follows, but not necessarily in order. The recipient of the Gord McComb Memorial Award:

  • Must be a member of the Burlington Runners Club
  • Must have shown unselfishness in helping running, fitness and others in the community over a period of time
  • Must demonstrate a Christian attitude towards others

Although there may be several nominations or no nominations in any given year, the award may not be given if the committee feels that the established criteria have not been met. The selection committee shall consist of the Vice President and a committee of past recipients chosen by the Vice President.

Previous recipients of the Gord McComb Memorial Award are:

1979 - John Kendall 1982 - George Pattison 1983 - Larry Clement
1984 - Rod Runacres 1985 - Pauline Watson & Rick Zazulak 1987 - Jo Wells
1988 - Frank Cooney 1989 - Rosemary (Hyslop) Lukosius 1990 - Andy Oliver
1991 - Ron Pileski 1992 - Cor Potma 1993 - Bill Robinson
1994 - John Gonzales 1995 - Les Michalak 1996 - Ed Alexander
1998 - Joe Hewitt 1999 - Terry Barker 2000 - Bob Schofield
2001 - Jackie Terry 2002 - Ron Riuli 2003 - Mark Collis
2004 - Wayne Arnold 2005 - Ian Dunmore 2006 - John Faulkner
2007 - Geoff Sheppard 2008 - Alf Koehn 2009 - Pat Peters
2010 - Vince Charbonneau 2011 - Marie Elliott 2012 - Amie Chung


Glen Martin Volunteer Award
Selected by Ian Dunmore and Mrs. Glen Martin; based on nominations from club members.

Glen Martin (1943-1992) joined the Burlington Runners Club in 1983 and served as president of the club in 1987. He ran the Montreal, Ottawa and Chicago Marathons. The Glen Martin Volunteer Award is a hand made glass sculpture and was created to commemorate Glen Martin, a man considered to be an important and special member of the club. It is to be awarded to a club member who best exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism through their activities on behalf of the Club.

Previous recipients of the Glen Martin Volunteer Award are:

1993 – Ian Dunmore 1994 - Bob Schofield 1995 - Moe White
1996 - Cor Potma 1997 - Steve Carey 1998 - Wayne Arnold
1999 - Thelma Smith 2000 - Joe & Sharon Hewitt 2001 - Ian Dunmore & Glen Martin
2002 – Mark Collis 2003 - Jackie Terry 2004 - Ron Riuli
2005 - Gary Henbry 2006 - Joe & Sharon Hewitt 2007 - Duncan Ritchie & Jackie Terry
2008 - Bob Brake 2009 - Vikki Baylis 2010 - John Simon
 2011 - Amie Chong  2012 - Len Cicero  


Ron Pileski Award
Selected by a committee of 3 club members chosen by the executive; based on nominations from club members.

Ron was a long time club member who when he wasn't straightening teeth was out on the road perfecting his running. He was a terrific person and a great runner who kept meticulous running logs over the years and backed those up with many stellar running performances. He was a sub 3 hour man and it was during his pursuit of that goal that he was diagnosed with leukaemia in the early 90's. He died in his late forties as a result of complications from that disease. The membership at the time dedicated a newsletter cover and story to him and preserved his memory in this award. The Ron Pileski Award is to be awarded to the most accomplished runner or runners during the previous year. When providing nominations for this award, you may want to consider the accomplishments of both males and females in various age groups.

Previous recipients of the Ron Pileski Award are:

15k & Under
1995 - Keith Wilson, Paula Desjardins
1996 - Thelma Smith, Peter Smith
2002 - Mary Ross
2003 - Terry Jarrell and Lynette Bickham
2005 - Jamie-Lynn Rushbrook and Michael Bianchi
2006- Marie Elliot and Stephen Miller
2007 - Lynette Bickham & Stephen Miller
2008 - Tomoko Tamaoki & George McMenemy
2009 - Lynette Bickham & Andy Whittaker
2010 - Lynette Bickham & Werner Tars
2011 - Gail Magarrey & Jim O'Meara
2012 - Jose Fuentes & Gail Magarrey

Over 15k
1995 - Moe White, Jane Ballantyne
1996 - Colleen Clairmont, Jess Heroux
2005 - Susan Hutchinson and Robin Hutchinson
2006 - Susan Hutchinson and Robin Hutchinson
2007 - Susan Hutchinson & Bob Julian
2008 - Marie Elliot & Terry Jarrell
2009 - Colleen Clarimojnt & Terry Jarrell
2010 - Vikki Baylis & Terry Jarrell
2011 - Kat Clewley & Bob Julian
1012 - Vikki Baylis & Bob Julian

All Distances
1997 - Glen Martila, Katie Dossier
1998 - Brent Hall
1999 - Joe Hewitt, Colleen Clairmont
2000 - Robert Julian, Monica Scholz
2001 - Les Michalak, Monica Scholz
2002 – Henry Van Gemer, Colleen Clairmont
2003 - Margaret Lagden and Tom Carolan
2005 - Lynette Bickham and Roger Marques
2006 - Vikki Baylis and Bill Schnurr
2007 - Vikki Baylis & Henry Van Gemert 
2008 - Lynette Bickham & Paul Rainey
2009 - Marie Elliot & Matt Carr
2010 - Lucy Elcome & Jose Fuentes
2011 - Marie Elliot & Manuel Saumon
2012 - Stephen Miller & Kat Clewley


The Editor’s Choice Award
This award is given to the best newsletter submission over the past year, as judged by a committee of past newsletter editors. All submissions whether photos, artwork or written material, are considered. Input from the club members is appreciated and all previous editors are invited to help in the selection process.

Previous Recipients of the Editors Choice Award are:

2000 – Les Michalak
2001 – Mark Collis
2002 – Catherine White
2003 - Bill Schnurr
2004 -
2005 - Helene St. Pierre
2006 - Ginny Megan
2007 - Gillian Hewitt
2008 - Pedro Fernandes
2009 - Wayne Arnold
2010 - Vince Charbonneau
2011 - Mary Ross