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2010 Race Reports

Squamish Days 10k

(from BC Athletics blog entry)

Squamish was the latest stop for the Steve Nash Sports Club Lower Mainland Road Race Series, as the ninth race in the series was held in conjunction with the Squamish Days 10K and Logger Sports Day. As the penultimate race in the series, lots was at stake in the age groups. A thunderstorm the previous evening cooled things down, and thankfully no bears banditted the race this year.

Tristan Simpson and Graeme Wilson led out the field on the flat, out-and-back course, before Simpson broke away to win in a new course record of 31:39. Wilson ran the second half in isolation to record a time of 32:32. Third place was more closely contested, as Yue-Ching Cheng out sprinted David Palermo by two seconds in 33:39. Top master Paul Skarsgard was next to finish in 34:32.

Rachel Ruus and Catherine Watkins were clearly the cream of the women’s field, but Ruus ran out a comfortable winner in 37:27, with Watkins 150m back in 38:01. Teresa Nightingale completed the podium as well as being top master in 40:21.

In the accompanying wheelchair race, Simon Harrington dominated to win in 27:40. And in the Flashback Mile, Alex Nightingale was pushed all the way to win in 7:06.

The final race in the series is on August 15 — the Richmond Oval 10K.

North Shore Credit Union Longest Day 5k

(from BC Athletics blog entry)

Record numbers were drawn to UBC on Friday evening for the North Shore Credit Union Longest Day 5K, 10K and Kids’ Mile. The 5K also served as race #12 in the Timex BC Road Race Series, and race #7 in the Steve Nash Sports Club Lower Mainland Series, attracting top competitors from the Island as well as locally.

A fast pace was ensured in the 5K by middle distance specialist Nigel Hole, who was under the mistaken belief that there was a prize for the first athlete at the mile. Hole led for nearly 2K before being swallowed by the chase pack, comprised of Steve Osaduik, Scott Simpson, Richard Mosley, and Willy Langat. Langat was the first to lose contact, and was eventually passed by a late charging Tristan Simpson for fourth place. At the front, Osaduik, who ran the Ottawa Marathon only 3 weeks ago, showed his versatility by coming home in the fastest 5K time of the year – 14:29. Scott Simpson was close behind in 14:32, with Mosley third in 14:39.

Natasha Wodak also went out fast, passing through the first downhill kilometre in just over 3 minutes. Having clocked 16:12 on the track last weekend in Portland, Wodak was able to maintain her lead over the chasing women, winning in 16:41. Kristina Rody was 75m back in 16:56. Meredith MacGregor completed the podium in 17:18.

Winners of the 10K were Eddie Smith (33:41) and Martina Wan (38:21).

Complete results here:

With the top places still undecided, final race in the Timex BC Series is the Midsummer 8K in Kelowna on July 11. Meanwhile the next race in the Steve Nash Sports Club Lower Mainland Series is the Summerfast 10K in Stanley Park on July 17.

Sandcastle City Classic 10k

(from BC Athletics blog entry)

White Rock was the venue for the latest race in both the Timex BC and the Steve Nash Sports Club Lower Mainland Road Race Series, hosted by the Semiahmoo Sunrunners. The point-to-point course may have a significant net elevation drop, but there are a number of ups and downs before the final descent to the finish on the waterfront.

Pre-race favourite, Scott Simpson, quickly moved to the front, closely followed by Tristan Simpson, with the chase pack some distance behind. Simpson S from Victoria, ran alone most of the way, to come home a clear winner in 31:01. Simpson T, settled for second in 32:12. A much closer battle ensued for third, with first master Kevin O’Connor ducking under 33 minutes to edge out VFAC teammate David Palermo, 32:58 to 33:03.

Natasha Wodak, like Scott Simpson, was looking to pick up points for the provincial series, and was equally successful. Never challenged, Wodak ran out a comfortable winner in 35:32. Good enough for 10th place overall of the nearly 300 finishers. Triathlete Martina Wan held off BC 5K Champion Catherine Watkins for second, clocking 37:45 and 37:53 respectively. Top master was Stephanie Kieffer in 41:50.

Complete results:

Attention for both series now shifts to the Longest Day 5K, at UBC on Friday, June 18.

Running Room Shaughnessy 8k

(from BC Athletics blog entry)

The 10th race in the Timex BC Road Running Series, as well as the fifth race in the Steve Nash Sports Clubs Lower Mainland Series, caught a break in the otherwise wet weather Vancouver has been experiencing. The 28th annual Shaughnessy 8K, organized by the Lions Gate Road Runners, is an undulating double loop of one of Vancouver’s classiest neighbourhoods. The good weather swelled the field with late entries, resulting in almost 300 participants in the main event, and a further 100 in the 5K Poker Walk in support of the BC Epilepsy Society.

From the gun, Tristan Simpson and Jay MacDonald surged away from the field. Throughout the first circuit Simpson pushed the pace, with Macdonald a stride back. Approching the 5K mark MacDonald moved to the front and tested Simpson on the downhill. Up the final climb to 7K MacDonald was finally able to break away, and was rewarded with a PB of 25:06 on a course not best suited for fast times. Simpson held on for second in 25:26. Third place was some distance back, as Gus Amundson came home in 27:05, ahead of first master Kevin McGinnis, rewarded for his trip from south of the border with a 27:27 clocking.

Katherine Moore was not so pressed in winning the women’s race, but nevertheless worked hard throughout, just failing to break the 30 minute barrier, as she improved her time from last year by almost a minute, to win in 30:04. Catherine Watkins was half a minute back for second in 30:38, with Shannon Thompson a similar margin behind to take third in 31:05. Teresa Nightingale took the masters honours in 31:51.

Herb Phillips’ 32:31 clocking for a 69 year old was more than good enough to come out tops in age grading. His time converted to 87.72%, compared to MacDonald’s 84.96% and Simpson’s 83.84%.

Complete results here:

With four Timex Series ( races having now been run on both Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland, and a further two races in the Interior, the Timex Series rankings are starting to take shape. Two more Lower Mainland area races remain, plus one in Kelowna, to decide the winners. Participants must complete a minimum of five races to qualify.

Meanwhile the Steve Nash Sports Clubs Lower Mainland Series has reached its half way point. Again, participants must contest a minimum of five races to qualify. Next up for both series is the Sandcastle City Classic 10K in White Rock on June 6.

Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run: Loutitt and Montgomery, BC Half Marathon Champions

(from BC Athletics blog entry)

The Sunshine Coast lived up to its name as it hosted the 2010 BC Half Marathon Championship in conjunction with the April Fool’s Run, hosted by Sunshine Coast Athletics. The point-to-point course from Gibsons to Sechelt has a net downhill, but there are a number of uphills along the way to test the competitors. This suited Jason Loutitt (Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team), a mountain running specialist, who finished second at this race two years ago. This year he was unchallenged, and ran out a clear winner in 1:11:21. Second place in the April Fool’s Run went to an international entrant, who was consequently not eligible for the BC Championship. Matthew Laye from Copenhagen finished in 1:14:56. Second in the Championship, third place overall, and masters champion was Kevin O’Connor (Vancouver Falcons) in 1:15:39. Rounding out the Championship places was David Palermo (Vancouver Falcons) in 1:16:19.

Darcie Montgomery (Hershey Harriers) won the BC Championship, and was also the first masters finisher, in 1:24:52. The other Championship placings, which is restricted to Junior, Senior, and Masters members of BC Athletics, were Nicole Akeroyd (unattached) in 1:27:07, and Janette Purdham (Vancouver Falcons) in 1:29:50. For the first time the BC Championships awarded prize money to the top 3 eligible finishers.

The overall winner of the April Fool’s Run, who was not eligible for the BC Championship, was Katrina Driver, in 1:21:52.

In the age groups there were notable performances from Ed Ansems, 1:31:57 in the M6064 division, and Herb Phillips, 1:35:30 in the M6569 division.

The half marathon saw over 400 finishers, with a further 100+ participants in the two and four person relays.

Full results here:

Dave Reed Spring Classic 5k, March 27, 2010

The 2010 BC 5K Road Running Championship hosted by the Vancouver Falcons club, was held in conjunction with the Dave Reed Spring Classic in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Eligibility for the championship component of the event was restricted to Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. The championship winners were:

1. Matt Clout, Island Road Racers, 15:06
2. Jay Macdonald, VFAC, 15:21
3. Mark Bomba, Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team, 15:39

1. Catherine Watkins, VFAC, 18:34
2. Natalie Closs, VFAC, 19:42
3. Lisa Morrow, Sunshine Coast Athletics, 20:19

The accompanying open race was also race number 7 in the Timex BC Road Running Series, as well as race number 3 in the Lower Mainland Road Race Series, drawing competitors from across BC.

2004 Olympian Malindi Elmore from Kelowna produced the outstanding performance of the day. Her 16:33 clocking not only made her a clear winner, but was also the top age graded performance of the day, winning her the Dave Reed Memorial trophy. Second best age graded performance belonged to Herb Phillips who turns 70 later this year, but still produced a 19:50 time. And third best age graded went to Paul Reimer, with a 17:17 time in the 55-59 age division.

Overall race winner was BC champion Matt Clout from Victoria with his 15:06. Second place in the open race went to Jerry Ziak in 15:16, with Oliver Utting close behind in third in 15:19.

Behind Malindi Elmore, Vancouver teenager Tanya Humeniuk took second in 18:09, with Erin Burrett from Nanaimo third in 18:25.

St. Patrick’s Day 5k, March 13, 2010

Both the men’s and women’s course records were broken at the St Patrick’s Day 5K in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, the second race in the 2010 Lower Mainland Road Race Series.

Ontario’s Dylan Wykes, who has been training in BC for the past two weeks, showed the locals a clean pair of heels. He sped through the first mile in 4:40.4, to earn a $50 bonus. In the early running he was shadowed by Willy Langat from Victoria. But Langat was unable to maintain the pace, as Wykes opened up a significant gap by the end, coming home in 14:32. Scott Simpson passed Langat before halfway, to finish second in 15:01. And Oliver Utting came through strong in the second half to claim third place in 15:30.

The women’s race was a much closer contest. Kristina Rody and Natasha Wodak were practically tied at the hip for the first mile, as both were timed at 5:18.1, with Rody given the nod to win the $50 bonus. And like Wykes, Rody pressed on in the second half to come home a clear winner, also in a course record of 16:46. Wodak held on for second in 17:15, while Anne-Marie Madden passed Meaghan McCollum in the second half to take third in 17:34.

The masters winners were Colin Dignum in 15:55, and Sheila Mullins in 19:20. Junior winners were Christian Gravel in 16:42, and Tanya Humeniuk in 18:15.