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CLIFF CLOCKS CANADIAN RECORD IN TEXAS

Posted 9 months ago

Vancouver runner, Rachel Cliff broke the Canadian Half Marathon record this morning in Woodlands, Texas. She recorded a time of 1:10:08 for the 13.097 km distance, breaking Lanni Marchant previous Canadian record of 1:10:47 set in 2014. Marchant holds the Canadian Marathon record of 2:28:00 set in 2013. Rachel's half marathon time today improved her previous best of 1:11:52 set in Houston, Texas on 14 January this year.

Rachel will represent Canada in the 10,000m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15. She is coached by Richard Lee of the BC Endurance Project.

Last summer, the University of Guelph graduate recorded her personal best of 32:00.03 for the 10,000m at the London World Championships. She may be ready to challenge Natasha Wodak's Canadian record of 31:41.59 at the Commonwealth Games next month.

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Story by Doug and Diane Clement

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  • anonymous Anonymous
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    Anonymous said 9 months ago

    Yeah, Peter Eriksson made the right call leaving her off the Rio 2016 team...

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Brilliant! Thrilling to see an athlete whom I'm sure some thought had plateaued shortly after graduation going to a whole other level in her mid/late 20s. Competitors, take note!

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    Fan Girl said 9 months ago

    So so so impressed! Can't wait to see Cliff take a crack at the 10,000m record too

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    Just Curious said 9 months ago

    Seems she was paced by Chris Winter. Any record eligibility infringements with having a male pacer? Even if it is an unofficial pacer.

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    Christopher Robin said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Just Curious
    "Seems she was paced by Chris Winter. Any record eligibility infringements with having a male pacer? Even if it is an unofficial pacer."


    It's completely legal. Male runners pacing female runners is not only allowed on the road, but standard practice. Watch the STWM and you'll see all our top female runners being paced by men - and I for one have no problem with it.

    Also, what a great time!! Cliff didn't just sneak under the old record, she beat it by 39 seconds! It will be great to see what she does in the 10,000 this year, and maybe - a few years down the road - the marathon if she feels so inclined.

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    MichaelRochus said 9 months ago

    Could not be happier to see this. I think you'd be hard pressed to find ANYONE who would say anything bad about Rachel (or Chris for that matter), so to see results like this just feels good. Excited to see what she can do at CWG! Interestingly enough, Mercier has this performance as equivalent to a 31:42 in the 10,000m.

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    BestCoach said 9 months ago

    Congrats to Rachael, Rich and Chris
    teamwork makes the dreams come true

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    Stotan said 9 months ago

    Well done R1chel. lots of hard work and passion is paying off in excellent results!

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    Anonymous said 9 months ago

    "1:10:08 for the 13.097 km distance" --> should say miles, or else it would be a rather unimpressive time

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    Anonymous said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Christopher Robin
    "It's completely legal. Male runners pacing female runners is not only allowed on the road, but standard practice. Watch the STWM and you'll see all our top female runners being paced by men - and I for one have no problem with it.

    Also, what a great time!! Cliff didn't just sneak under the old record, she beat it by 39 seconds! It will be great to see what she does in the 10,000 this year, and maybe - a few years down the road - the marathon if she feels so inclined.
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    It may be legal, but it definitely takes away from the impressiveness. I hope she does it again without being dragged from start to finish by Chris.

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "It may be legal, but it definitely takes away from the impressiveness. I hope she does it again without being dragged from start to finish by Chris."


    Dragged? What he in a harness? She ran every step of the way, from what I've heard.

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    Anonymous said 9 months ago

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    "It may be legal, but it definitely takes away from the impressiveness. I hope she does it again without being dragged from start to finish by Chris."


    Haters gonna hate.

    Rachel Cliff earned every step of that time and would have run it with or without Chris.

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    Anonymous said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "Haters gonna hate.

    Rachel Cliff earned every step of that time and would have run it with or without Chris."




    that’s fine, so she won’t have trouble running it again without Chris. Perhaps even sub 70 and take our record closer to respectable territory on the global level!

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

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    "that’s fine, so she won’t have trouble running it again without Chris. Perhaps even sub 70 and take our record closer to respectable territory on the global level!"


    Say, why don't you do it yourself, or coach someone to do it? You sound like you've got a good handle on things, with your knowledge of global this and that.

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    Anonymous said 9 months ago

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    "Yeah, Peter Eriksson made the right call leaving her off the Rio 2016 team..."


    That's totally irrelevant as Rachel Cliff in 2016 had not run 70 for half-marathon. People need to get over this. Seems like she has. Yeah it was extra sad because her husband got to go, but the fact is, she was probably going to get her doors blown off *then*. She didn't perform on demand at nationals. Now, we will see how she runs in the 10000m at CWG. She could edge towards something decent, possibly set another record.

    And just to confuse people, who might take this as not appreciating her run this weekend...I have no problem with the pacing. If nothing else, it's impressive that Winter can still run that fast so good for him.

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    Buddy said 9 months ago

    Spoken like a very single never married dude LOL

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "It may be legal, but it definitely takes away from the impressiveness. I hope she does it again without being dragged from start to finish by Chris."

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "That's totally irrelevant as Rachel Cliff in 2016 had not run 70 for half-marathon. People need to get over this. Seems like she has. Yeah it was extra sad because her husband got to go, but the fact is, she was probably going to get her doors blown off *then*. She didn't perform on demand at nationals. Now, we will see how she runs in the 10000m at CWG. She could edge towards something decent, possibly set another record.

    And just to confuse people, who might take this as not appreciating her run this weekend...I have no problem with the pacing. If nothing else, it's impressive that Winter can still run that fast so good for him."


    Sorry, it IS relevant. Cliff had improved a ton to get to 15:23 and, to the informed observer, was just getting started. She could have benefited from some major games experience. Instead, she will likely going to Tokyo in 2020 (10k and/or marathon) as Olympic rookie. Talk to Eric Gillis and others about how important that first shot is/was. There is no way Eric would have finished 10th without getting his feet wet 8 years earlier (and remember, he had to fight for that chance). AC's mandate is to get people to top 8/16 at major games. To do this more often, you need to give qualified people a chance to learn how these things work, when they have duly met the qualifying standards for them.

    Now that Cliff is at 70mins for HM, there is every possibility that she will be running well under the Canadian record in the marathon by 2020 (2:25-26, which gives her top 10 potential on the day). Think of how valuable having gained some experience in 2016 would have been by the time she lines up in 2020. And she had the standard for 2016. She just failed to meet some too-clever-by-half final qualifying hurdle.

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Quoting: BuddySpoken like a very single never married dude LOL
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    Let's just say there's a reason why guys like this (and it's no doubt a guy) choose to remain anonymous.

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