The Guelph Victors running club is named after a coach who led us in the early days: Victor Matthews. We still carry his spirit of striving for improvement, and inclusiveness towards all runners. Vic was a long-time University of Guelph running coach (and U of G classics professor), but he also worked with local runners who wanted to get faster. He had an incredible gift for knowing each athlete’s potential (even when they didn’t fully understand it themselves), and remembering by heart their various race times and personal bests! It was a shock to everyone when Vic died suddenly in 2004, just shy of retirement; shortly thereafter, we named the club after him.
The Victors were coordinated and coached from 2004 to 2016 by John Marsden, a talented local runner and aficionado of good things (coffee, wine, bread …). A protegé of Vic Matthews, he picked up the pieces after Vic’s sudden death and grew the club into an organization of close to 100 active member/runners with multiple weekly workouts and wide connections to the Ontario road running community. John still directs the Guelph series of road races, and he also operates Speed River Timing, with expertise in state-of-the-art timing for all different types of athletic events.
We’re indebted to both Victor and John for where the club is today!
The Victors are now directed by a Leadership Committee of runner/members, including:
- Michelle Brady
- David Brooks
- Wendy Greenfield
- Luke Hohenadel
- Art Kilgour
- Brad Morley
- Kelly Rupoli
- Mary Catherine Stewart
The Guelph Victors club is allied with the Speed River Track Club of Guelph, which includes nationally-ranked athletes in their prime, including several recent Olympians. The club is also closely connected to the Running Works store in Guelph – many of our group runs begin at the store, Victors runners often lead running clinics there, and graduates of the clinics sometimes become Victors!