Cross Country Running

Coaching Staff
Ryan Skardal
Rob Rose
Rebecca Day Reynolds

The cross country running program is open to boys and girls of all ages and running abilities. Its aim is to promote a life-long love of running and fitness. The program is available in all three terms and while cross country running is mainly non-competitive, there are racing opportunities for serious runners that include both road and trail races. All participants run long distances that vary in distance from 6 to 10 kilometres over a variety of terrain with the aim to complete 200km each term.  Our campus location means the team is able to take advantage of varied local 'away' venues such as Goldstream Park, Mount Tzouhalem, Thetis Lake, Elk Lake, or Holland Creek in Ladysmith. 

A runner holding a medal

Cross Country at Brentwood has fostered a team and a shared spirit out of what is so often considered the individual sport. Here, it has proven itself one that beyond others has the ability to forge strong and lasting bonds whilst constantly testing discipline, courage and personal drive. - Tara B Grade 12

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Students enjoying running on a sunny day
The annual Terry Fox Run

Rob Rose

Cross Country

Rob Rose was born and raised in London, England where he played many sports as a child, counting cricket, soccer, rugby, boxing, sailing, climbing, and caving among his favourites. At the age of 16, he escaped from St Mark's Secondary School  and entered the management training program at British Post Office Telecoms where he worked as a telephone engineer for 6 yrs. He then did a degree in telecommunications at Brixton Technical College. In 1975 he came to Canada as part of a team of people tasked with upgrading the Alberta telephone system. Having later sold his ski businesses in Calgary, he moved to Maple Bay to become a sailmaker in 1991.

Mr Rose taught sailing at University of Calgary's Outdoor Pursuits program and taught dingy sailing for the City of Calgary as part of the largest dryland sailing program in the country. He has continued to teach sailing and is an accredited sailing instructor. He joined the Brentwood faculty in 2000 as the sailing and cross country coach. These days he continues to do cross-country coaching and indulges in adventure racing with other members of staff and some students. Adventure racing involves kayaking, occasional rock climbing, mountain biking, mountain running, and orienteering. A number of students have participated under Mind Over Mountain Adventure races under the guidance of Mr Rose. 

Rebecca Day-Reynolds

Rebecca Day Reynolds

B.A. (University College Cork, Ireland) English, Cross Country

A campaign of wheedling and insistence that began in 1999 and spanned two administrations ended successfully for Rebecca Day Reynolds when she was invited to join the Department of English near the close of the 2004-2005 academic year. A Brentonian herself (1980), Mrs. Reynolds returned to the school she loves after teaching English in the Alberta college system for a number of years and living, studying, working, and playing on three continents during a gleeful nine year hiatus from North American life. Mrs. Reynolds' eclectic employment history spans a bizarre spectrum: she has worked as a ghost-writer, an editor, an Irish barmaid, a course writer, a phone canvasser, a minor bureaucrat, a fundraiser, a barn-mucker, an instructor of "Gymboree" and "Babyswim," and a reader for audio books. Her hobbies include working at Brentwood and gratuitously correcting the grammar of others. The proud mother of three Brentonians, Mrs. Reynolds lives in Mill Bay with her husband, a physician, and their menagerie of obese and semi-obese pets.

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