Lower Mainland Road Race Series wraps up

August 19, 2014

The 2014 Lower Mainland Road Race Series concluded on Sunday. Bookended by the Steveston Icebreaker 8K and the Richmond Oval 10K, the nine races in between took runners as far afield as the Sunshine Coast, south to White Rock, and north to Squamish.

When all was done, 82 runners had completed 5 or more of the races, qualifying them for series prizing from Timex, Running Room, Muscle Mlk and Wholly Noggin.

Category winners were:

MU20: Alex Nightingale, 86 pts
M2024: Evan Elder, 131 pts
M2529: Jan Heuninck, 77 pts
M3034: Nicholas Browne, 130 pts
M3539: Chris Napier, 119 pts
M4044: Patrick Jones, 110 pts
M4549: Kevin O'Connor, 150 pts
M5054: Mark Bennett, 150 pts
M5559: Gordon Carscadden, 126 pts
M6064: Leo Lam, 125 pts
M6569: Terry Riggins, 145 pts
M70+: John Hollifield, 135 pts

FU20: Olivia Willett, 150 pts
F2024: Kimberley Doerksen, 140 pts
F2529: Jen Moroz, 114 pts
F3034: Zahida Jaffer, 57 pts
F3539: Fainne Martin, 86 pts
F4044: Catherine Watkins, 150 pts
F4549: Helen Ritchie, 145 pts
F5054: Kimberley Gagliano, 150 pts
F5559: No qualifiers
F6064: Ann Reynolds, 128 pts
F6569: Irene Wingate, 150 pts
F70+: Nancy Napier, 140 pts

Special recognition went to Darrell Lahey and Dan Murphy, who completed all 11 races in the series.

Complete series rankings at lmrrs.com


Martinson Repeats as Doerksen Triumphs for the First Time

July 24, 2014

It came down to the final few seconds after 7 months of competition to determine the winners of the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series. After Kimberley Doerksen crossed the finish line in 35:17 at the Summerfast 10K she had to wait to see if it was quick enough to surpass Catherine Watkins in the rankings. As the clock ticked past 35:24 Watkins would be unable to improve her existing point score, and so Doerksen moved to the top of the podium, and with it collected $1,000.

Similar stories played out down the field for minor places, as runners either completed their fifth race in the series to qualify for series awards, or looked to discard a low score with a faster time.

The Timex BC Road Running Series comprised 15 races, held throughout the province, starting at the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Saanichton in January, and concluding with Saturday’s Summerfast 10K in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Times are converted to a point score, with an athlete’s 5 best scores determining their place in the rankings. The top 4 men and women at the series end are invited to represent BC at the Timex Series Finale held in conjunction with the Canadian 10K Championship at the Oasis ZooRun 10K in Toronto on September 20.

When the dust (or more accurately the rain) had settled, VFAC’s Doerksen beat Watkins by just 4 points, 4398 to 4394. Sabrina Wilkie took third with 4355 points. Top 10 women were:

1. Kimberley Doerksen 4398
2. Catherine Watkins 4394
3. Sabrina Wilkie 4355
4. Jen Moroz 4195
5. Melissa Ross 4185
6. Claire Morgan 4165
7. Katherine Moore 4136
8. Shauna Gersbach 4063
9. Kristin Smart 4056
10. Brittany Therrien 3989

On the men’s side, Prairie Inn Harrier Geoff Martinson was untouchable, winning 4 of his 5 races outright, and scoring a record 4527 points – the first time anyone has exceeded 4500 points. The battle for second was much closer, and was only decided at the final race. Despite Theo Hunt beating Adam Byles on the day, his margin was not enough to surpass Byles in the rankings, as Byles scored 4324 to Hunt’s 4315. Top 10 men were:

1. Geoff Martinson 4527
2. Adam Byles 4324
3. Theo Hunt 4315
Logan Roots 4181* *Not eligible for prizing YK member
4. Kevin O'Connor 4174
5. Nicholas Browne 4110
6. Craig Odermatt 4095
7. Mark Bennett 4031
8. Chris Barth 3963
9. Aaron Weidman 3950
10. Chris Napier 3853

Complete 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series information and rankings can be found here.

The 2015 Timex BC Series will kick off again on January 11, 2015 at the Harriers Pioneer 8K, also hosting the 2015 BC 8K Championship.

2014 Timex BC Road Running Series winners (photo credits Rick Horne):


Course Record for Cliff highlights Summerfast 10K

July 23, 2014

Rachel Cliff was the star on an un-summer-like morning as athletes from across BC and beyond descended on Stanley Park for the BC 10K Championship held in conjunction with the Summerfast 10K, hosted by the Vancouver Falcons. The event was also the final race in the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series, and race 9 in the Lower Mainland Road Race Series.

Cliff shattered the course record set last year by Natasha Wodak by over a minute, placing 8th overall in 33:58, to also take the BC Championship title. Lindsay Carson from Whitehorse was also under the old record in 34:47. Kimberley Doerksen, from the host club took 3rd in 35:17. Sabrina Wilkie completed the 10K Championship podium in 35:42, reversing positions from the 5K Championship with Catherine Watkins who finished close behind in 35:59 to take top master and just miss her masters course record.

The men’s race was a repeat of 2013, with Kelly Wiebe returning from injury to successfully defend his Summerfast title, and Theo Hunt again taking the runner-up spot. Wiebe was 20 seconds slower this year, but was still a comfortable winner in 30:17. Hunt had the consolation of taking the BC Championship in 31:28, as Wiebe represents his native Saskatchewan. Adam Byles chased hard for third place in 31:44. Fourth place was another Yukoner in Logan Roots (32:42), so the Championship positions were completed by Nic Browne in 32:53.

Mark Bennett again showed no sign of slowing down, bettering all other masters as well as most younger runners, placing 6th overall in 33:32 at age 53, the top age-graded performance of the day.

Championship results can be found here, with overall race results here.

Following the race and Championship awards, winners of the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series were announced.

Championship winners:


Stellar Fields set for Saturday’s Summerfast 10K

July 17, 2014

The Vancouver Falcons’ Summerfast 10K in Stanley Park on Saturday morning has attracted stellar fields, with the BC 10K Championship and the Timex BC Road Running Series titles on the line.

The women’s race will be a re-match for the top-4 finishers from the Vancouver Sun Run. In April, Rachel Cliff was the clear winner (33:14), followed by the Yukon’s Lindsay Carson, BMO Vancouver Marathon champion Kimberley Doerksen, and recent BC 5K Champion and top master Catherine Watkins. Added to the mix will be former Sun Run champion Natasha Wodak, and 5K Championship runner-up Sabrina Wilkie. All but Carson will be competing for the BC Championship title.

Doerksen, Watkins, Wodak and Wilkie will also be battling for Timex Series honours, in this the final race in the 2014 series. Watkins currently holds a slim lead in the rankings over Doerksen. Both could improve their current scores by discarding slower performances. Wodak and Wilkie meanwhile need to finish Summerfast in order to score the minimum 5 races. The permutations are endless – Doerksen could leap-frog Watkins by running quicker than 35:24, but only if Watkins runs slower than that time; Wodak could surpass both if she runs a similar time, but again only if the other two don’t also run under that time. All have personal bests well under 35 minutes. Wodak set the course record of 35:01 last year, with Doerksen 21 seconds behind. And Watkins holds the masters record. To the series winner goes $1,000, with $500 for second and $300 for third. Wilkie would appear to have the lock on $200 for fourth place if she finishes.

On the men’s side, course record holder (29:57) Kelly Wiebe may defend his title, but will be hard pressed to do so by training partner Dylan Wykes who ran the fastest 10K by a Canadian this year when finishing runner-up at the Vancouver Sun Run (29:11).

Neither Wiebe nor Wykes are eligible for the BC Championship, as they still represent their native Saskatchewan and Ontario respectively. That will likely leave the Championship open to Theo Hunt, who finished second at Summerfast last year, or Adam Byles.

In the men’s Timex Series, Geoff Martinson, who is not expected to run on Saturday, has an unassailable lead. Hunt and Byles will also be battling for second place in the Series. Hunt has to finish in under 31:05 to have a chance of taking second away from Byles. But Byles could improve his own score if he runs 31:38 or quicker. Top master Kevin O’Connor meanwhile has the lock on fourth place with the Yukon’s Logan Roots ineligible.

The action gets underway at 8:00am Saturday morning at Ceperley Park (2nd Beach), following the Stanley Park seawall in an anti-clockwise direction, to finish back at Ceperley Park.

Late registration and other information can be found on the race website at www.summerfast.ca

Timex BC Road Running Series details can be found at www.bcathletics.org/TimexRRSeries


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