The Glen ‘Big Dog’ Chenell Runners Hall of Fame & Special Awards

 
 
 

Glen ‘Big Dog’ Chenell, March 7th 1951 – May 20th 2013

It is the extraordinary life of Glenn Chenell that inspired us to honor him with this Runners Hall of Fame & Special Awards

Glenn demonstrated not only through his 18-month journey of living with cancer, but throughout his entire life, what a true champ really is… and he taught many others along the way. 

His enthusiasm and camaraderie on the pavement was an inspiration to the running community, he was the Sunday morning ringleader and we are all grateful for the joy and laughter, the great stories and the running advice he so richly gave out

Whatever the race, he approached it with great determination, unwavering commitment and complete focus, never giving up or giving in. Dave Blaikie, editor of “Ultra Running” magazine wrote this about Glenn. “One of the recurring themes in Ultra-sport is the quiet triumph of ordinary athletes over difficult obstacles that could easily have prevented them from running at all.” Glenn’s life motto might well have been one word “Perseverance” – The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep running. Hence this is the spirit of this award, not for the number of wins or trophies one has, but to honor those who run for the joy of running.

 The Big Dog’s career mileage was 56,362.2 miles, in kilometers that is 90,179.52. Just to put that in perspective, that’s running the circumference of the world… not once, but twice and then some… All the while sharing his running wisdom, humor and sarcasm to encourage, motivate and inspire many runners in Pictou County and beyond.

 You see, Glenn was a motivator and a mentor, but more importantly he was a friend.

 

Awards


2019

 Verna VamBommell Community Award
Larry Corbin, Marci Corbin &
Lawson Breen, Tony Corbin, Kevin Tulloch 

Danny McLeod Inspirational Award
The Girls Learn to Run Program at Northumberland Regional High:
Emily Haines, Gracen Bliss, Jensen Lycett, Bailey Chase, Anna Smith 
and teachers Kelly Chisholm-MacDonald and Karen Berezowski

Dr Johnny Miles Williston Character Award
Mayor Nancy Dicks on behalf of the Town of New Glasgow

Glenn Big Dog Chenell Runners Hall of Fame
Sue Peters, Buddy Murray, Walter Smith, Joe Breen, Grant Murray


2018

 Verna VamBommell Community Award
Dr Brad MacDougal / Westville Medical Clinic / Medical Professional of PC 

Danny McLeod Inspirational Award
Wanda McKenna & Luke Holley 

Dr Johnny Miles Williston Character Award
Liz Chennell 

Glenn Big Dog Chenell Runners Hall of Fame
Brenda Henshaw Hetherington, Lloyd Northern, Joe Pound, Peter Kittlson, Fred MacDonald

2017 

 Verna VamBommell Community Volunteer Award
Nancy Moulton  

Danny McLeod Inspirational Award
Mathew Fraser, Mike Brown & Trevor Redmond 

 Dr. Johnny Miles Williston Character Award
Andrea MacEachern

 Glenn Big Dog Chenell Runners Hall of Fame
Cheryl Lays, Fred Lays, Jim Lays, Mr. Tom Haun & Henderson Paris

2016

 Verna VamBommell Community Volunteer Award
Peter & Diane White & Henderson Paris  

Danny McLeod Inspirational Award
Ron Paris   

Dr. Johnny Miles Williston Character Award
Floyd Williston  

Glenn Big Dog Chenell Runners Hall of Fame
Debbie MacDonald , Betty Pound & Kathy Saulnier
Wayne Gerrior, Billy MacEachern & Ken Hetherington


2015

Verna VamBommell Community Volunteer Award
Mr. Bob MacEachern 

Danny McLeod Inspirational Award
Bill MacEachern & Elaine White

Dr. Johnny Miles Williston Character Award
Original committee from 1975 - Bud Brown, Dodi Goodwin, Bill McNeil, George
Manos, Eric Beaton (Sis Beaton) Alvin Sinclair, Dr. John Hamm, Fergie MacKay

Glenn Big Dog Chenell Runners Hall of Fame
Bob Reid, John Squeak White & Doug Craig
Beth Williston & Lynn Sue Wyse


2014

Verna VamBommell Community Volunteer Award
Pat Carty

Danny McLeod Inspirational Award
Lloyd MacLean & Jeannie MacDonald

Dr. Johnny Miles Williston Character Award
Dave MacLennan 

 Glenn Big Dog Chenell Runners Hall of Fame
Janet Fraser, Mary Cantrell & Patsy Langille  
Mr. Lawson Breen, Charlie MacDonald & David MacLennan