Just before the starter pistol, in front of the Garnish Community Center, June 2, 2018


Mariners Athletics Club




10 KM

Road Race




Garnish, Newfoundland, Canada


The Course

Looking Back





Race Time

Photo Gallery


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37th. Annual VOCM 740 10K Road Race

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Part of the Toyota Plaza High Performance Road Running Series

34 Years in Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove

Looking Back – Looking Forward


For 37 years VOCM Radio has sponsored an annual 10K Road Race on the Burin Peninsula.  The inaugural road race was held in Marystown in 1981 and was called the CHCM 10K Road Race

 That first race started and finished at the Marystown Summer Games Track, with an out and back course on the main street through the town.  It marked the first time that a major road race was held on the Burin Peninsula, with runners visiting from Central Newfoundland and the Avalon Peninsula.  Paul McCloy and Colleen Martin from St. John’s were the respective male and female winners in a field of over 30 runners.  In the second year (1982), a smaller field of runners took to the road.  Colleen Martin returned as the female winner.  Joe Ryan, from St. John’s, took the senior male honors.  Bill Hiller from Grand Falls won the masters category. The race was not run in 1983 and 1984 but was revived in 1985 using a new route and run in conjunction with the Marystown Kinsmen Summer Festival. 

By 1986 members of Mariners Athletics Running Club (MARC) who organized the race were looking for a faster course.  The Club moved the race to Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove which became the permanent race site.  This course is an out and back route which starts at the Garnish Recreation Centre, passes through Frenchman's Cove, with a turnaround point near a lighthouse at the outskirts of the town.

 The Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove course is flat making it conducive to fast times, especially when there is no wind.  In the first year in Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove, Nicola Will from St. John’s set a female course record in a time of 36:20.  Will’s record stood for 25 years but was broken in 2010 when another St. John’s runner, Kate Vaughan won her third straight CHCM title in a time of 35.29.

 In 1989, Olympian Paul McCloy, Newfoundland’s most successful distance runner, competing in his second CHCM Road Race, set a male course record in a time of 29:53 and still remains the course record.  In the same year, Fortune native, Brian Collier running under the Mariners Athletics Running Club banner set a junior record in 32:33 which also stands as the junior male course record.

 With a growing tradition of being one of the top quality races organized outside St. John’s, the CHCM Road Race was included in the 1990 Provincial TIMEX Road Race Series which continued up to 2014.  The race was also included in the Toyota Plaza Road Running Series which became the Toyota Plaza High Performance Road Running Series as of 2015.  Mariners Athletics Running Club remains the host club and VOCM Radio continues to sponsor and promote the race.  Although the race is part of the Toyota Plaza High Performance Road Running Series, the Club is promoting high participation in addition to high performance.

In 2010 the Club secured a number of secondary sponsors to complement the Town of Garnish sponsorship and the major sponsor VOCM Radio.  These secondary sponsors include C & M Convenience Store and Grand Fairways Resort, Frenchman's Cove; Long Ridge Cabins, Senior’s Seaside Take-out and Convenience Store, Garnish; Pikes Building Centre, Salt Pond; and Tarrant’s Carpentry Inc., and Shoppers Drug Mart, Marystown.

 The Southern Gazette, the local Burin Peninsula newspaper, carries pre and post coverage of the race.  The Garnish Town Council and the Garnish Fire Department provide support in making the race a community event.  As well, in 2010 MARC working in conjunction with the Garnish Town Council, received permission from the Department of Transportation and Works to close 800 meter section of the road near the start-finish line.  This year the road will be closed to vehicle traffic, except emergency vehicles, from 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM.

 In the 1990’s, as the provincial road race scene experienced a participation growth, so did the VOCM Road Race.  Participation doubled in 1993 with 77 participants – walkers, joggers and serious road racers.  Over the years the race has taken on an interprovincial - international flavor.  A large contingent of runners from St. Pierre and Miquelon have joined the ever increasing number of runners from the St. John's - Mount Pearl Region, Clarenville – Bonavista region area other regions and other provinces.

During the 2000’s the race became popular in the local road running community with experienced and intermediate runners running for personal best times and beginner and novice runners going for the experience of completing the run.  Participation from towns on the Burin Peninsula continues to increase each year.  While some participants are competitive, racing against other competitors in their age categories, many participants make it a family affair.  They jog or walk the course for the challenge of covering the 10K as family members and friends come out to watch them and encourage them along the way to the finish line.

 In the 37 year history of the race, the race has had a number of multiple winners.  Claudio Arthur of St. Pierre has accumulated the most wins with six first place finishes – 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005 followed by Ryan Brockerville of Marystown who has claimed five titles – 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.  Paul McCloy of St. John’s has won three times – 1981, 1989, and 1991; Scott Young of St. John’s has won three times – 1995, 1996 and 1998.  David Freake of St. John’s has also won three times – 2014, 2016 and 2018.

 In the female division Kate Vaughan Bazeley of St. John’s has accumulated the most wins with five first place finishes - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012;  Mary Decker also from St. John’s has recorded 4 victories - 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004; Tracey Pope, originally from Grand Bank, has won three times – 1996, 1997, and 1998 and Lisa Collins-Sheppard from Lamaline has won three times – 2013, 2017 and 2018

 In 2015 when MARC celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the CHCM Road Race being run in the Town of Garnish – Frenchman’s Cove, the Club added an alumni component to the race, inviting all past overall winners (male and female) from 1981 – 2014 to run free of charge.  The Club will probably do that again in 2025.

 Up to 2015, Art Meaney of St. John’s had the distinction of holding two course records – the male 40-49 age division record of 33.19 in 1986 and the male 50-59 age division record of 34.46 in 1995.  Peter Power of St. John’s broke the male 50-59 age division record in 2016 in a time of 34.07.  Murdock Hiscock of Fortune set a 70+ division record in 2015 in a time of 44:58 taking more than 10 minutes of the previous record of 55:41 held by Kevin Pardy since 2010.  Howard Brockerville, father of long time co-race director Gordon Brockerville, holds the 80+ male record of 1:19:59 set in 2008.

 During the past 36 years, a number of male and female runners from the Burin Peninsula have taken top honors – Gordon Brockerville and Shelly Farrell (1985), Brian Collier (1987),  Brenda Foley (1991), Lionel Foote (1992), Tracey Pope (1996, 1997, and 1998), Grant Handrigan (2006) and Ryan Brockerville (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), and Lisa Collins-Sheppard (2013 and 2017, 2018).

In 2007, during the 25th anniversary run, a record number of 78 participants completed the race.  In 2008 that number increased again as 85 participants toed the line with the oldest participant being 80.  In 2010, co-race directors, Lyman Keeping and Gordon Brockerville, achieved their goal of 100 participants with a record number of 131 finishers.  In 2014 and 2015 a record number of 162 participants finished the race.  The numbers were down in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  This year the co-race directors are hoping to top 100+ participants again with more and more participants coming from the Burin Peninsula and large contingent St. Pierre-Miquelon registered to date with a flux of runners from St. John’s and other areas of the province .

The course was re-certified in 2009.  Road race markers show the kilometers completed with the intent of motivating participants to keeping moving towards the finish line clock.

As of 2012 race organizers have gone with on-line registration only.    For on-line registration visit Trackie Registration



This year, the race will be held on Saturday, June 8 starting at 11:00 Am.  The early bird registration closes on Thursday, May 23at 23:59.

The early bird registration fee is $30.00 for NLAA members and $35.00 for non-NLAA members.  The $35 fee includes a $5.00 One Day Race Permit for non-NLAA members.

Regular registration closes on Thursday, June 6 at 23:59 Pm.  The regular registration fee is $40.00 for NLAA members and $45.00 for non-NLAA members with.

Late registration closes on June 7 at 18:00; the late fee will be $60 for NLAA members and $65 for non-NLAA members.  There is no late onsite registration


A post-race reception will held at the Garnish Recreation Centre with awards and medal presentation starting at approximately 12:30 P.M.  This year, all participants will receive a custom designed VOCM participation medal.  Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in 7 age class categories – Under 20; 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+.  A number of prize draws, including Toyota prizes and gift card prizes will be made during the reception.


Runners who have participation milestones of 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 25 years are requested to notify the race coordinators by e-mail.


For more information, interested participants may contact Lyman Keeping at 826-2787 or by e-mail lyman_k@hotmail.com or Gordon Brockerville at 279-0380 or by e-mail gbrockerville@eastlink.ca).  For more information about this race and other NLAA road race events you, may wish to visit the NLAA website http://www.nlaa.ca/calendar.php) or the Garnish website http://www.townofgarnish.com/Road%20Race%20Page.htm





Runners (Club)


Men (19 & Under)


Brian Collier  (Mariners Athletics Club)


Women (19 & Under)


Joanna Gillies (MUN Varsity Athletic Club)


Men (20 - 29)


Paul McCloy  (Memorial Track Club)


Women (20 - 29)


Kate Vaughan (Nautilus Running Club)


Men (30 - 39)


Harold St. Croix (St. John’s Athletic Club)


Women (30 - 39)


Caroline McIlroy


Men (40 - 49)


Art Meaney  (Gonzaga Track Club)


Women (40 - 49)


Marie Decker (St. John’s Athletic Club)


Men (50 - 59)


Peter Power (ANER


Women (50 - 59)


Joan Bulgin (St. John’s Athletic Club)


Men (60 - 69)


Fred Wight (St. John’s Athletic Club)


Women (60 - 69)


Rosemary James (??)


Men (70-79)


Murdock Hiscock (MARC)


Women (70-79)


Florence Barron ( ANER )       


Men (80 +)


Howard Brockerville (unattached)


Women (80 +)





Overall Winners of the CHCM 10K Road Race






Paul McCloy

Colleen Martin


Joe Ryan

Colleen Martin


No Competition

No Competition


No Competition

No Competition


Gordon Brockerville

Shelley Farrell


Peter Lewis

Nicola Will


Brian Collier

No Competitors


Harold St. Croix

Christine Young


Paul McCloy

Elaine Myrick


Harold St. Croix

Elaine Myrick


Paul McCloy

Brenda Foley


Lional Foote

Pam Bulgin


Claudio Arthur

Noleen Wadden


Dave Ruggles

Noeleen Wadden


Scott Young

Pat Murphy


Scott Young

Tracey Pope


Ernie Lucus

Tracey Pope


Scott Young

Tracey Pope


Claudio Arthur

Marie Decker


Claudio Arthur

Marie Decker


Brian Norman

Marie Decker


Jeff Collingwood

Allison Hobeike


Claudio Arthur

Allison Hobeibe


Claudio Arthur

Marie Decker


Claudio Arthur

Carine Kerhoas


Grant Handrigan

Carolyn McIlroy


Ryan Brockerville

Laura Pomeroy


Patrick O’Grady

Kate Vaughan


Ryan Brockerville

Kate Vaughan


Ryan Brockerville

Kate Vaughan


Ryan Brockerville

Kate Vaughan


Mark Hayward

Kate Vaughan (nee Bazeley)


Ryan Brockerville

Lisa Collins-Sheppard


David Freake

Julia Kawamoto


Edward Durnford

Jade Roberts


David Freake

Karen Stacey


Peter Power

Lisa Collins-Sheppard


David Freake

Lisa Collins-Sheppard


 David Freake

 Kate Bazeley


Please notify race coordinators if there are any errors or omissions.




For more information, interested participants may contact Lyman Keeping at 826-2787 or by e-mail lyman_k@hotmail.com or Gordon Brockerville at 279-0380 or by e-mail gbrockerville@eastlink.ca).  For more information about this race and other NLAA road race events you, may wish to visit the NLAA website http://www.nlaa.ca/calendar.php) or the Garnish website http://www.townofgarnish.com/Road%20Race%20Page.htm



2015 Results

2016 Results

2017 Results 

2018 Results

2019 Results (By Age Catagory)

2019 Results (Overall)



First Across the Finish Line is David Freake at 32:50


Second to Finish  - Nick Snow - at 35:08

Third Place - Kate Bazeley - 35:17


More Pics From 2019 to follow.....




25 Year Participant   25 Year Participant
Youth Participants
Mayor Geraghty of Garnish presenting Participation Medals





About the 2016 Race!!

From the Archives of Previous Races


Edward Durnford
First Place  - 35:38

Overall Winners


The Course

This must be one of the most scenic road race course to be found anywhere.  Start line is beside the Community Center in

Garnish, Newfoundland.  Racers run five kms along a paved road that is only a stone's throw from the salt waters of Fortune  Bay. 

For part of the course, the road has a large freshwater Barrisway on one side and the Bay on the other.  After four kms you

enter the small community of Frenchman's Cove and run all the way through to the half way point just after leaving "The Cove". 

The course is level all the way except for some very slight grades on the Garnish end.



Photo Gallery    

Russ Murphy of CHCM Radio presenting trophies to 2007 winners Ryan Brockerville and  Laura Pomeroy


Peter Soucy (Snookie), now VOCM Bact Talk  Host, in front of  race headquarters




Rosemary James (60 - 69 winner 2008) 59:47

    King and Ryan Brockerville (2009)


Carolyn McIlroy - Female winner 2006

Jordan Baird - 9


At left, almost there.   Above, 9.9 km to go......


Jacques Palanchier - One of many participants from St. Pierre and Miquelon

    Slaney - Foote

Michael Brockerville - 14

Pics From 2018

First Place - David Freake

(Photo courtesy Jennifer Brushett)



Lisa Collins Sheppard - First Place Ladies (3rd over all).

(Photo courtesy Jennifer Brushett)






Please notify race coordinators if there are any errors or omissions.


For More Information

Additional Race Information is available by contacting Lyman Keeping (709) 826-2787

or Gordon Brockerville at (709) 279-0380.


VOCM 740  10 km Road Race, Garnish

(Toyota Plaza High Performance Series - Race No. 5) 
Certified Course # NL - 2009-036-BDC

Twitter #Garnish10k


Last Updated  May 27, 2019



Please notify race coordinators  if there are any errors or omissions.