Biking in Welland and a Post Run Pool Party

After weeks of punishing weather during the winter season Benders are making sure to take advantage of the fantastic summer weather (that’s the fantastic summer weather that occurs between all the rain). There was the AGM Pool Party and then The Bender Golf Classic.  July had another two fantastic outings.

Donovan and Andrea welcomed a peloton of 15 bikers (peloton…that’s what you call a group of bikers right? I don’t know, I just run) to take in the trails at their new home in Welland. Out cruising the canal for a brief 37K ride and then back to their place for a bbq a lovely time was had by all. Thanks to Donovan and Andrea for the great ride and hospitality.


Rob and Grace hosted a post long run pool party. Nothing sweeter than a refreshing dip after a 20+ kilometer run on crushed gravel path on the Inglewood trail on hot summer’s day. Is there anything better than having these type of friends. Generous is a word that comes to mind when you think of The Benders. Big thanks to Grace, Rob and Family for welcoming the Benders.

August is upon us and there’s likely more fun to be had. Be sure to check your emails and keep your calendars clear for more Bender socials.

Annual General Meeting aka BBQ Pool Party

The first official sign of summer happened this past weekend, I’m of course talking about the annual reading of the financial standing of The Brampton Benders. Nothing says summer like the itemization of revenues and expenses. Sun’s out…Balance sheets out! It looks like the Benders are still in the black, which is a surprise to no one as our latest and 80th member David joined to celebrate another fantastic year for the club.

A group of 20+ members set off to get in their long slow run for the week (a pool party is no reason to miss your long run). Several distances ranging from 12k to 20k were completed as groups headed up the Chinguacousy Trail and then headed east before turning south and looping back to the Don Doan Trail around Professors Lake (Home of the Don Doan Dash) before finishing back to Plodder Paul’s. Overcast skies kept things relatively cool and easy as everyone finished up looking strong.

After everyone returned, the most important task of re-hydration began! Cheers! The Annual General Meeting proceeded as more members and families trickled in. Everyone bringing their delicious treats and the grill heating up, the meeting seemed to progress faster then the previous executive meetings held throughout the year. This organization was organized (and possibly hungry!). Burgers, hot dogs, samosas, salads and all kinds of fantastic food were heaped on everyone’s plates as everyone dug in.

Some highlights:

  • Samantha G. steps down as Vice President and assumes new role and sole focus Race Director…woo!
  • Jacki W. is elected the New Vice President. Yay! Jacki!
  • has been brought back from the dead (or 2014)
  • The Don Doan Dash – Sept. 10th. Closing in on 100 registered participants. Don’t miss out – Register HERE!

Reloaded and ready to party the pool was open and the music was on. This party was in full swing. Brand new Bender apparel made it just in time to be handed out. Did you get your new Black Bender Jacket or amazing Hoodie? There might be some extras still available and if not, the Bender’s store will be back open in the fall (details will come in the weekly email update).


Next up – Bender Golf Day – check the emails for details.

As always a super big thanks goes out to Plodder Paul and his family for the generous use of their backyard, pool, and BBQ. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!

This Week – June 19th

 Have a look at this week’s practice runs (same as usual), and also the Events we are planning for July. Mark your calendars!

This week:

  • Tuesday – 6 km from Tim’s in Shoppers World – 6:45
  • Wed – Bramalea RR 10 km – 6:30
  • Thursday – Chris Gibson Rec Centre – 6:45 – 6 or 8 k
  • Sunday – TBD – but probably 13 – 16 k

July! Lots of Summer Events:

  • July 7 (Friday evening) Bender RR night at Spot One with Al’s Band
  • July 9 – The Bender Annual General Meeting, Run and Pool Party – All are invited
  • July 16 – Bender Golf Classic – Sunday Afternoon – Please let me know if you are interested, so I can book the Golf Course.
  • July 23 – Benders in Welland at Donovan’s place – Run, Bike, Lunch and Refreshments!
  • July 30 – Bender Run in Inglewood, followed by a Pool Party at Grace and Rob’s home.

Summer is here, lets make the most of it!!