TIM is a veteran in almost every sense of the word, except he never gets over the satisfaction of helping people find what they need to enjoy being active. That’s a brand-new feeling every week. A member of the New Westminster Police Service for 28 years, Tim started with the Learn-to-Run Club in 2008. The very next year he joined the Marathon Club and to-date he’s completed one marathon and 15 half-marathons! It’s no stretch to see that Tim walks-the-walk when it comes to his product and fitness advice. His favourite race is the BMO Half-Marathon. Tim also works as a Run Leader in both the PEN RUN Learn-to-Run Club, and Marathon Club.
NICOLE brings a focused expertise to all her shoe and apparel recommendations, and she’s a strong athlete as well. From your Gait/stride analysis to helpful training suggestions, she’s always looking for what works best for you, based on experience. With 6 half-marathons and one marathon under her belt, Nicole hopes to qualify next year for the grand-daddy of them all: the famed Boston Marathon. Her studies in Kinesiology and a potential Master’s Degree in physical therapy help make every day an interesting one for Nicole, especially in- store. Nicole loves to run in Campbell Valley Park. She works as a Run Leader in the Learn-to Run 10K Club, runs in the Marathon Club, and her help is indispensable at the PEN RUN/ Fraser Valley Trail-Series every year.
ALISON is an experienced runner and retailer, now finishing her final year on scholarship at the University of Texas, Arlington. When at home in White Rock she fits in perfectly at PEN RUN, with a passion for customer service and providing tailored shoe, apparel and fitness advice you can count on. A former national-class middle distance runner who also loves long fitness-walks with her dog, Alison is involved in several aspects of PEN RUN operations, where and when her expertise and energy is most definitely needed.
PHIL ELLIS is the General Manager of PEN RUN and co-owner of our Langley store. Phil’s been an avid runner and much more since 1982, when he started training in high school. He went on to compete internationally for Canada on numerous occasions, and won the Vancouver Sun Run in 1991. Phil has run 28 minutes for 10K and 63 minutes for the half marathon, and is still widely-remembered for his 10-mile best of 47:44, set in England in the early ‘90s. Phil joined Peninsula Runners in October 1997 and then helped to open the Langley store in 2001. He’s a driving force behind the popular Peninsula Runners/ Fraser Valley Trail Run series and the challenging Fort Langley half-marathon. If you ever go for a run at Campbell Valley Park you may see Phil out there still plugging away, as this is his favourite place to run… especially when it is wet and muddy.
PAUL WILLIAMS is President and owner of Peninsula Runners / PEN RUN. Paul was Canada's dominant distance runner from the early 1980's until he retired in 1996. His athletic career began back in the late 1960’s, as an age-class runner in Toronto’s east-end Beach community. After moving West in 1981 he joined Dr. Doug Clement’s elite athlete program and watched his career blossom from there. Paul attended the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games where he represented Canada in both the 5,000 and 10,000-metre events each time. In 1990 Paul won the Goodwill Games 5,000-metre gold medal, as well as a bronze medal over 10,000-metres at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland. He is a 2-time winner of the Vancouver Sun Run, and represented Canada internationally at the World Cross Country Championships, World Track and Field Championships, World Student Games, and as a fixture on the European track circuit. In 1984, Paul became the first Canadian ever to run under 28 minutes for 10,000-metres, eventually lowering the Canadian record to 27:50.00. In 1986 he ran the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours and 13 minutes. After his career ended, he settled into the White Rock - South Surrey area to focus on family and open PEN RUN. Together with his staff, Paul promotes running, walking and a healthy lifestyle throughout the Greater Vancouver - Lower Mainland region, by initiating and partnering on a variety of community events, including co-founding the Vancouver Sun Run. Paul co-hosted a number of popular local fun-runs called the Peninsula Runners Run Series from 1997 until 2001. He’s also helped guide hundreds of runners from the beginning stages of their careers right-up through to several more-experienced distance and marathon athletes. Paul was the driving force behind getting a track built in the South Surrey area, through fundraising and hosting the PEN RUN/ Fraser Valley Trail Series. The track is now built, and being used by hundreds of high school and Club athletes every year, as Paul continues to support local initiatives designed to make this community a better and healthier place to live.