2019 Board

Meet the 2019Board!

From Left to Right:

  • Coaching Coordinator – Michele Clarke
  • Treasurer: Bill Prest
  • Past President: Rob Hanks
  • Secretary – John MacMillan
  • President: Mirwan Saleh
  • Race Coordinator – George Hubbard
  • Social Coordinator – Kathleen Thompson


  • Communications Coordinator – Jane McCann
  • Vice-President – Martin Odendaal

Mirwan Saleh, President
Mirwan joined Longboat the summer of 2016. A relatively new runner, he began running while living in Japan in 2014 because his friend had decided to quit smoking… and thus needed a new morning habit as opposed to his cigarette. And so, the morning short runs were born. Fast forward to Spring 2015, he ran his first half marathon, the Mississauga Half, which set off the urge to do more. A healthy addiction, he hopes…

Longboat has helped him achieve much more in running, and have supported him through many struggles to get to where he is now. As a young business owner himself with a love of travel, running became a natural fit into his lifestyle. He looks forward to bringing about some new insights, and help the club grow in the same way the club has done for him; the club that he now calls home.

Please email President to contact him.

Martin Odendaal, Vice President
Martin started running to spend time in Table Mountain in Cape Town. However, after years of sporadic, underprepared trail racing (with the inevitable wall-hitting results) he decided that everything would be a lot easier if he joined a running club.
Joining Longboat turned out to be one of the best choices Martin made when he moved to Toronto in 2017. He was taken in by the commitment and community of Longboat and is proud to run with the flying feather on his back. Running for Longboat he has achieved PBs he would never have dreamed about, but more importantly got to do it with a joke and a smile next to his teammates.

Please email vicepresident to contact him.
Bill Prest, Treasurer

Bill joined Longboat as a member in the summer of 1995. He had run his first race, Around the Bay in March 1994 and a few weeks later, the Shopper’s Drug Mart Toronto Marathon. Feeling his legs turning to concrete towards the end of both races convinced him that he needed better training. Bill realized that he had a lot to learn about running long distance including the fact that there were shorter races. He decided that he needed to find a running club to get peer support and advice and decided to try Longboat after meeting a couple of the members at a 5K race in Mississauga.

Bill discovered Longboat’s Island Race in the fall of 1994 and his tee shirt from that race is a prized possession. He has not so fond memories of bag check (as it was then) when he was stationed there as a crew member during the race the following year. Bill has served in the past as club secretary and until becoming treasurer, was captain of the Island Race course set-up crew as well as driving a truck on Race Saturday to pick up race supplies.

When Bill isn’t running, he is cycling, acting in community theatre or helping his wife Claire in their accounting firm. Bill also enjoys the odd winter camping weekend in February when the competition for campsites is not as fierce. In his former life, Bill was a computer programmer and still does the IT for his wife’s firm as well as his acting group’s website maintenance.

Bill looks forward to continuing in his position as club treasurer for a fourth year in 2019.

Please email Treasurer to contact him.

John MacMillan, Secretary
John joined Longboat in 2012. He first connected with the club on a couple of Saturday morning group runs in High Park. He signed up after enjoying cake served to one member celebrating his/her birthday during the post-run breakfast. John has been running since high school when he competed in cross country. However, his most memorable running moment came years later at the Manitoba Marathon. With a (pained) look of determination, common to most at the end of a marathon, John’s finish made headlines on the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press: “John MacMillan of Pinawa, Manitoba, grimaces in pain as he struggles to be a marathon finisher.” Truth be known, he was not exactly struggling to finish but snarling at the photographer with his ginormous camera standing on the track metres from the finish line at Pan Am Stadium, and in the way of John’s do-or-die sprint to meet his time goal of 2:35. John is currently recovering from a hamstring injury and eager to race again. He feels encouraged by his coach Timo and the wonderful support from members. When John isn’t running, he is Mr. MacMillan, an elementary teacher in Riverdale. He is a passionate chef and enjoys taking culinary courses. He is also an avid cyclist and keen sports photographer.

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Kathleen Thompson, Social Coordinator
Please email Social to contact him.
Jane McCann, Communications
Jane can be reached at communications or our team Twitter and Instagram accounts @LongboatRR
Michele Clarke, Coaching Coordinator
Over 30 years of running experience, starting at the age of 10. I’ve raced every distance from 800M to 80km. My biggest moments as an adult runner was winning the Boston to Big Sur challenge in 2013 (was also 2nd Canadian female at Boston that year). In 2013 I also went on to win The Northface trail Marathon in San Francisco and the following year competed in my first ever ultra, finishing 10th overall in 80km on trail. I’ve won the Chilly Half Marathon several years in a row as well as winning the Women’s Half Marathon in the same year. Most recently, in 2015 I competed in the National Masters track and field in France, focusing on the 1500M distance. I am also the Canadian record holder for W40 in the 5000M indoor event.
My passion for running goes beyond winning, and as a coach I hope to inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals big and small.
I’m a certified personal trainer, injury management specialist, yoga instructor. I’m also a Jack Daniels and NCCP level II trained sport and endurance coach.
Please email Coach to contact her.
George Hubbard, Race Coordinator
George has been coaching, mentoring and pacing athletes since 1984. Over the last 35 years, he has provided over 275 programs for events from 5k to the marathon. Recently, 5 of his athletes qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon – in age groups from 30-34 to 50-54.
George was the Club Coach from 2007 to 2009. He has held other Longboat Executive roles as well – newsletter editor, Secretary and Vice President.
George joined Longboat in 2000, and has raced track, cross-country and road races in Club colours.
Please email Racing to contact him.
Rob Hanks, Past President
Rob became a runner in 2007 at the age of 43 when his son was one year old: confronted with asthma issues, he decided that he didn’t want to be a couch potato dad. Shortly afterward he ran his first race – a marathon – in 4:04, followed by a half marathon in the spring of 2008 with a time of 1:36. Sensing that he couldn’t improve anymore running on his own, Rob joined the Longboat Roadrunners in October 2008, where he found a running home. As a trained academic historian on the First World War, he wrote an original paper on Tom Longboat’s experience during the war (which is available elsewhere on the club’s website). With the guidance of Longboat’s excellent coaches and the examples of his fellow club members, he steadily improved his times in every distance, setting more and more new PBs and earning the Most Improved Award in 2014. In 2016 and 2017, Rob served as President of Longboat, during which time the club implemented the HST and survived the flood on the Toronto Islands, which is home to its two races (the Sunset Shuffle and the Toronto Island Run). While President, Rob also set the club’s M50 record for 25k in 2016 and won the Member of the Year award (Male) in 2017. As Past President in 2018, Rob had six more PBs and set eleven M55 club records in eight distances, including the Chilly Half in 1:23:31 and the ATB 30k in 2:03:14.8. He also had the best WMA score among the club’s men in 2017 (80.72) and 2018 (81.73).”

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