Sprinting Towards the Weekend- Always “On The Run!”

May 22nd, 2015 at 12:21 pm by under Uncategorized

“On The Run” with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex Leiding.  The Latest Notes and Running News in Hampton Roads here on WAVY.com.

We're "On The Run" Again!

We’re “On The Run” Again!

Hi Guys!  Hope your training is going well.  The weekend’s almost here but there’s time to get in a Run or a race this weekend.

Our video segment seems to be the most popular here on WAVY.com.  So, without holding back, let’s get right to it!


Thanks for checking the website and sharing with your Running Friends.  Next week, some cool stories plus, more Running results.

If you have any Summer Tips to share, hit me up at astrovp@yahoo.com.  All Summer, we’ll try to remind you to be safe, hydrate, and go strong this season.   As always, we couldn’t do this without YOU!  Feel free to leave a comment or feedback.

Maybe, I’ll catch you soon… “On The Run!”


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Time to Lace “em Up Again- We’re “On The Run!”

May 15th, 2015 at 3:22 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads, with Sportswrap On Line Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Flex at Spring stride 2

Hey Runners in Hampton Roads!  Hope your training is going well.   Special “shoutout” to Ann & Kevin Hupp with Mettle Events.  Their website got hacked and they are feverishly working to get info for times and races available to you Runners looking for some challenging races.  They are always good friends to know, “On The Run” and know their site will be back in full action very soon.

May is National Running Month and you know we have some races to cover plus, preview a few in the distance.    Get ready for the races this weekend.  It’s all right here on our Video report, called “On The Run!”

Check our Link Here:  https://youtu.be/o3F6PV8xhIg



Next weekend Two Big Races hit the streets- the Elizabeth River Run invades Portsmouth with a 10K and Mile run, while on the Peninsula look for the Yorktown Freedom 8K.

Thanks for checking us out.  See you next week…”On The Run!”

On The Run, with Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

Remnants Of Ana To Bring Rain Overnight

May 11th, 2015 at 1:47 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

I’m writing this from home, so I don’t have access to the better graphics available at work. But I do feel that I should weigh in before this dying storm moves through. The remnant winds of Ana are around 30 mph…and are likely to continue to diminish through the night. 15 to 25 mph winds are possible through the region through tomorrow. Rain should begin to be a little more steady after midnight and continue off and on through early Monday.

Here’s a radar picture (NWS) from about 12:30 A.M.:

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The center of the storm is located just to the northeast of Fayetteville, N.C. in this radar shot. I don’t want you to notice the center so much in this picture (hard to see, anyway!), but I do want you to note that the most concentrated area of rain is to the southeast of where the storm’s center is located. As the storm continues north-northeastward overnight and early Monday, that heavier area of rain is likely to continue northeastward through eastern North Carolina. Here’s another screen shot from the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center:

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.14.19 AMIt’s a small screen-shot, but it’s easy to see that the heaviest concentration of rain (purple) is over eastern North Carolina. There could be as much as 2″ to 4″ of rain there. In the Hampton Roads area, look for .50″ over the Peninsula…with .50″ to 1.5″ over the South Side cities. The heavier amounts for the South Side will fall over southern sections of Chesapeake and especially Virginia Beach.

One more picture here. I’ve taken the above radar picture and added a circle at the location of the storm’s center. Arrows very generally define the wind direction. Remember that this is a low pressure system…a veritable whirlpool of air spinning inward toward its center. Hopefully, this will give you some idea of wind flow as the storm passes overhead. Winds are likely to be in the 15 to 25 mph range…not likely to be dangerous from the remnants of Ana.

RADAR_HIGHLIGHTEDOne last thing. The storm had 65 mph winds for quite a while before it made landfall near Myrtle Beach. That means that some residual wave action is likely to be active for another day for especially the Outer Banks. Beach erosion (road damage?) and rip currents are extremely likely for the Outer Banks. Farther north, wave action is not likely to be as significant. However, rip currents are still quite likely for Virginia’s beaches.

That’s it! Ana has behaved pretty much as we expected…and will likely continue to diminish in intensity as it moves through into the day Monday.

Subtropical Storm Ana

May 8th, 2015 at 6:39 am by under Uncategorized

Last night the National Hurricane Center classified Ana as a subtropical storm.  I’ve talked in depth about what that means over the past couple of days, but here’s a link with more info: Subtropical.   Ana is located about 160 miles SSE of Myrtle Beach, SC.  It is only drifting NNW at 1mph.  The sustained winds were at 45mph.



Notice that the storms are not clustered around the center.  They are fairly spread out.  The system is feeding off of the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream.  As the system slowly moves north/northwest, it will move over cooler waters.  This should allow the system to weaken.  Despite having a name, the thinking has not changed in the forecast.  It is still expected to drift northward, move inland, and weaken dramatically.  Then it is forecast to move northeast as a remnant area of low pressure or even just a weak wave of low pressure.  However, the moisture with the system will move through as well.  So there will be an increased chance for rain Sunday night into Monday.

Track Of Ana

Track Of Ana

So our weekend will not be a washout.  Instead we’ll see isolated showers from time to time.   (Isolated) means a low chance for rain, but not zero.  I’ll have another blog out later this morning with more details on the impacts in the region.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Runners- Are You Ready for Boston Week? We are- “On The Run!”

April 15th, 2015 at 3:15 pm by under Uncategorized

On the Run with Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Boston M Finish Overhead Boston M Finish

Hey Runners-  Monday is the third Monday of April, always meaning it’s time for the Boston Marathon.

We have been doing a little homework and a little tease for you for the next few days.  check it out:


Check back Thursday for our first segment here on WAVY.com with Women’s Elite Marathoner, Hampton Roads’ Kris Lawrence.

It’s Thursday “On The Run” here on WAVY.com.  See you soon!

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding.



Runners rejoice! We Are Back…”On The Run!” for 2015

March 19th, 2015 at 12:47 pm by under Uncategorized

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter,  Jon “Flex” Leiding

The Latest Running News, Notes, and Stories in Hampton Roads

Ready to Go "On The Run!"

Ready to Go “On The Run!”


Hi Running Friends!  Hope your training is going well for you.  We are back for 2015 and ready to go.

Whether you have been doing this for a long time or you made a New Years Resolution to be active, we hope you check us out as a source for results and stories about great people to inspire you.


Let’s get the obvious story of the off-season out of the way- Weather.

Winter was a tough one with the snow and chased many of us inside.  Thanks to Don Slater,  Jeremy Wheeler, and the Rest of the crew at the WAVY Weather Center, temperatures are on the rise.  That means outdoor fun is waiting…On The Run!

We’ve got our Video blog for the week ready below.  Check it out:


Hope you like it.  We’ve got plenty of great Running stories to share.

Keep checking back on WAVY.com for new posts.  We’ll keep them coming and hopefully keep you On the Run this season.

Fell free to leave us feedback.  we always like story ideas.

‘Til next time, I’ll be looking for you….“On The Run!”

See You Soon..."On The Run!"

See You Soon…”On The Run!”


On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com





Enough To Shut Us Down, But Not The Big One

February 17th, 2015 at 1:19 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

The opportunities for further big snowfall are rapidly dwindling. For most of us, we’ll still see some sleet…changing back over to snow…but the amounts should not add up to too much more than we’ve already gotten.

I have revised the forecast snowfall amounts downward throughout the region for the most part. It is a significant snowfall for our part of the world…certainly enough to close schools, etc. for Tuesday…but for the vast majority of us, I don’t see any significant accumulation added to what we’ve already gotten.

Additionally, the sleet has been knocking down the existing snow cover. There could be an hour or two of light rain over the south side Hampton Roads Cities; that would knock the snow cover down to just a little slush.1889039_1099616370065285_3075772450993985539_o

Three Musketeers

February 9th, 2015 at 2:19 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Community, Health, News, Personalities, Politics, Uncategorized


former WAVY TV Public Affairs Director

former WAVY TV Public Affairs Director

     Connie Allen was the “senior” member of WAVY -TV’s famous THREE MUSKETEERS: Connie, reporter DEREK ROSE and me. What? You, uh, haven’t heard of us? Well, just about EVERYBODY outside our tight circle hadn’t either. Let me explain. We shared something special- our birthday: August 26th. Yeah, it’s the craziest thing. And, DEREK and I even attended the same college in Baltimore. But I digress.

   The second thing we shared is even more personal than that. Moisturizer. PLEASE let me explain: I was on the set, just seconds away from the start of recording the public affairs’ show BOTTOM LINE, when executive producer, CONNIE ALLEN, stopped everything. “Hey Director, graphics operator, audio technician, camera, and master control room operators – STOP THE SHOW.” The problem? CONNIE could see, through the 12″ monitor in the control room, that my hands were nearly WHITE- from ASH. Let me repeat: CONNIE ALLEN stopped the show – because my hands were “ashy.” Now, for an African American child from “back in the day” ashy skin was a NO-NO! I guess it implied that you did not bathe. My mother would not allow me to be caught DEAD in the street – with ashy- ANYTHING- face, hands, legs, any exposed skin. Where’s

Don Roberts and Derek Rose sharing a birthday.

Don Roberts and Derek Rose sharing a birthday.

 the VASELINE? SPLAT! I guess ashy skin reflected badly on a  mother’s parenting skills. For me? Cold air and blowing vents dry me out, big time. And, in the WAVY house, CONNIE was like my TV mom- just looking out for me. She was NOT going to allow me or DEREK, or AVA HURDLE, on the air with noticeably ashy skin. Thank you, Connie.

Speaking of the BOTTOM LINE, that public affairs sit-down-with-guest-in-studio-interview show- started back around 1980. It aired every week, then, once a month. I hosted it in 1980-81, then again in the early 90′s, until Connie retired. I must have recorded 300 shows under Connie’s direction. The point I want to make is that-as executive producer and community affairs director, Connie had to know what you, the viewer, wanted and needed to see. She hosted forums, attended community meetings, banquets, luncheons, religious services, you name it. After that input, she booked guests to talk about needs and concerns. She pulled in HUNDREDS of politicians, social and civic leaders, clergy, educators, and “just plainfolk” to address community concerns. It seemed, a frequent topic was depression, 3 or 4 times a year. Connie, for some reason, had a special sensitivity to the issue. Fact is, she knew people suffering from depressions need help -  and we may be the catalyst for it.

Connie also initiated a show aimed at children. We called it KID TALK. I, along with Kerri Furey, hosted.  What great fun it was. For each show, Connie and her staff arranged for a school to bring about 20 children for the studio audience. An adult guest also added some expertise. I encouraged the children talked about whatever was on their minds. But before each taping, CONNIE, the mother, would read them the riot act: “Don’t swing your feet and bang the boxes your sitting on! Don’t talk out of turn, Raise your hands!”  Over the several year run of KID TALK, we had HUNDREDS(if not THOUSANDS) of children- in our “house”- representing every school district in our viewing area. For one week (plus reruns) children and their schools- were SPECIAL! It was great to later hear from parents, teachers and children, who were excited about being on the show. They just wanted to say to Connie: Thank you!” 

Connie reached out to children in another key way with a program called YOUNG ACHIEVER. She encouraged you to nominate an outstanding child for a very public award. And the child usually was NOT a star athlete. Not only would the student get to tell their story, on air, some won scholarships through the Y-A program. Hundreds of children, families and communities were touched.

If I recall correctly, Connie was never a “guest” on any of these shows or segments. If you ever saw Connie ON TV, it was probably a “mistake” -or, in a crowd shot. She was content to shine the spotlight on others, stay in the background, and just get the job done. The job was to help that leader or just-plain-folk “get the word out,” fill a community need, offer a helping hand, or receive a pat on the back-thank you for your service.

Hey Connie, here’s your pat on the back, your bouquet of flowers, your Academy Award.  Thank YOU, for the the great shows, the stimulating guests, the Young, Achieving, Child stars. And, let me not forget: the birthday phone calls and cards, and most important of all, the moisturizer.

Through all the stress and strife, the headaches and hard work, the happy times and sad, You made a difference.

And that’s the Bottom Line.

Waterspout In North Carolina Earlier Today

February 2nd, 2015 at 11:10 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

Here’s a link to a waterspout today over the Pasquotank River in North Carolina. A big thank you to Justin Creef!

What A Way To Start The Weekend!

January 30th, 2015 at 11:13 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather


Temperatures should continue to plummet overnight, then bottom out at around 20 inland to about 28 at the shores. Winds will continue out of the NW at 15-25 mph within about 20 miles of the Coast & Bay…less wind inland fro9m there.

It’ll be a cold & windy start to our Saturday. The wind should drop off in the afternoon, but the cold air remains! Highs only around 36 to 40.

Sunday looks mostly cloudy and a little warmer with highs around 46 to 50.

Rain Sunday night and Monday. The rain could end as just a little snow on Monday afternoon…Stay tuned on that one!