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


Kelowna Midsummer 8K – Vancouver runners top

July 7, 2014

Full story: http://www.kelownarunningclub.com/pages/midsummer8k.html


Smithers Fire Rescue washes out competition in Skeena River Relay

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/263555911.html


Run the Rock on Texada Island

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/263861631.html


Wykes and Marchant notch emphatic victories at Scotiabank Vancouver Half-marathon

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/blog/2014/06/wykes-and-marchant-notch-emphatic-victories-at-scotibank-vancouver-half-marathon-830000-raised-for-charity/


Martinson and Watkins crowned BC 5K Champions

June 16, 2014

The BlueShore Financial Longest Day Road Races hosted by the Vancouver Thunderbirds club were blessed with sunny skies on Friday evening, at the latest stop in the Timex BC Road Running Series. The feature 5K event also served as the 2014 BC Championship, as well as being part of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series.

Events got underway with the Kids Mile, as over 100 enthusiastic kids led the charge around UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Once finished they had opportunity to participate in RunJumpThrow and other activities.

In the main event, Geoff Martinson from Victoria was almost as fast off the start line as the kids had been. His 2:35 through the downhill first kilometre quickly strung out the field, leaving the contest for second place. The former World Championship 1500m semi-finalist didn’t take his foot off the gas though, as his lead continued to grow all the way to the finish, coming home almost a minute clear in 14:33. In so doing Martinson added the 5K BC Championship to the 8K title he won earlier in the year.

The race for second was not decided until the final 100m. Christian Gravel, representing the host club while home for the summer from the University of Guelph, initially followed Martinson. But top master Kevin O’Connor slowly reeled him in, passing Gravel briefly before entering the finish arena. Gravel was not done though, and demonstrated his superior track speed down the finish straight, edging O’Connor 15:30 to 15:32. O’Connor had the consolation of finishing top master.

The women’s race was a much closer contest for Championship honours. Training partners Sabrina Wilkie and Catherine Watkins have fought many close races this year, with only a one point average separating them in the Timex BC Series rankings. So it was again on Friday, as they ran shoulder to shoulder through the first half of the race, before Watkins gradually moved ahead. Fearful that Wilkie would fight back, Watkins ran scared the rest of the way, to triumph in 17:03, with Wilkie crossing the line at 17:14. Watkins also collected top master honours.

Behind them Melissa Ross continued her return to fitness with a solid 17:33 clocking for third place on the podium.

In the accompanying 10K race Will Cliff (34:05) and Lissa Zimmer (36:58) were the clear winners.

There were over 750 finishers in the 5K race, with a further 500 plus in the 10K. Post race all participants were treated to the usual feast featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, fruits, veggies, yogurt, ice cream, pies, juice & other goodies. The event was also a fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

With the win, Martinson moves to the top of the Timex BC Series rankings, with two races remaining. Next up is the Midsummer 8K in Kelowna on July 6, before wrapping up at the Summerfast 10K in Vancouver on July 19, which also serves the 2014 BC 10K Championship.

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series meanwhile continues this Sunday with the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon.

Complete race results here.

BC 5K Championship results here.


Rotich runs away with Sandcastle 10K title

June 9, 2014

Full story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/262405931.html


Jackson defends Whistler Half Marathon title

June 9, 2014

Full Story: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/jackson-defends-whistler-half-marathon-title/Content?oid=2560005&showFullText=true


Ellie Greenwood, Comrades Marathon Champion, Interview

June 5, 2014

Full story: http://athleticsillustrated.com/interviews/ellie-greenwood-interview/


Kamloops Marathon supports TRU Wolfpack athletes

May 29, 2014

The Kamloops Marathon on July 27 comprises a Boston qualifier eligible marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, an 8K and a 3K.

Proceeds from the event will support TRU WolfPack athletes. In addition to assisting student athletes to travel to races, funds raised will create bursaries to help these students offset the cost of tuition and books. Bursaries ensure TRU is accessible to all qualified students that want to pursue their passions. Your participation in the Kamloops Marathon keeps the door to higher education open by ensuring financial resources are available to student athletes in need. You are helping students complete their education and realize their dreams.

Prices are set to rise on June 1, so register by midnight Saturday for the best deal on the full or half marathon, or 8K. All registrants receive a technical running shirt, a medal, and a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup. Registration is also available for the marathon relay. Teams are a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 members and you can split the segments any way you wish, with each one approximately 10K.

For all members of the family a 3K fun run will follow the completion of the other events. Registration is only $20 and includes a cotton shirt and ribbon for all participants, as well as the pancake breakfast.

Complete information, http://www.kamloopsmarathon.ca/


Greenwood cruises to silver in Vancouver marathon

May 13, 2014

Full story: http://www.nsnews.com/sports/a-26-mile-stroll-in-the-park-1.1056261


Kim Doerksen 2:36:59 – Women’s Division Winner – BMO Vancouver Marathon

May 5, 2014

Gibson's native Kim Doerksen won the Women's Division of the 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon. Kim's time of 2hrs 36min 59 sec ranks her #1 in Canada.

For the full story see the Vancouver Sun Sports at: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Unreal+Doerksen+Birhanu+Mekonen+take+Vancouver+Marathon+titles/9806328/story.html


Young runner Kim Doerksen has a lighthearted approach to going the distance

May 4, 2014

Full Story: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Young+runner+Doerksen+lighthearted+approach+going+distance/9804297/story.html


BC’s Mark Bennett and Liz Borrett win age divisions at Boston Marathon

April 23, 2014

Full story: http://runningmagazine.ca/canadians-win-age-groups-boston/


25 Years of the TC10K

April 23, 2014

Full story: http://www.timescolonist.com/islander/25-years-of-the-tc-10k-1.977441


Vancouver Sun Run this Sunday

April 23, 2014

Sun Run Pre-Race Stories

Meet three BC residents who have competed in every Sun Run since its launch in 1985

'Dangerous Cliff' looks for an edge in race for title

Geoff Martinson, the Great Canadian Hope

Four-time Paralympian returns to the Sun Run

Memories of pain, loss spur positive runner

Vancouver teacher becomes one millionth Vancouver Sun Run entrant


Race Expo Opportunities and Volunteers Needed

April 13, 2014

BC Athletics will have an information booth at a couple of upcoming events. This is an opportunity for clubs and events to promote themselves at two of the largest events in BC, collectively drawing 70,000 participants. Both events and expos attract participants of all ages, from potential Track Rascals to Masters, and are an ideal recruiting opportunity.

Individuals and clubs are needed to help staff the booth. Two and three hour shifts are available. Please contact Maurice Wilson (maurice.wilson@bcathletics.org, 604-333-3553) to volunteer your time.

Member clubs and sanctioned events are also invited to provide club and race information brochures.

Vancouver Sun Run
Expo at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
Expo hours:
Thursday, April 24, 4pm to 8pm
Friday, April 25, 10am to 7pm
Saturday, April 26, 10am to 5pm

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Expo at Vancouver Convention Centre East, Hall C (Canada Place), Vancouver
Expo hours:
Thursday, May 1, 4pm to 8pm
Friday, May 2, 11am to 8pm
Saturday, May 3, 10am to 6pm


Doerksen Obliterates Women’s Record at BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run

April 9, 2014

Full Story: http://www.foolsrun.com/results2014.htm#report


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