Racing in the Interior is well underway, with two events completed in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series.
At the Starting Block 10K, Liz Borrett, Interior Runner of the Year in 2011, announced her intention to contend for the Muckle-Gader Age Graded Award in 2012 by smashing her own age-group record of last year by over 3 minutes in handing Cindy Rhodes (F55-59) a rare defeat in age-graded results. Borrett (F70-74) recorded 53:31 for 48th place out of 119 women finishers, good for an outstanding 33:24 best overall age graded time, while Rhodes ran 41:21 to finish 3rd overall, good for 34:22 and 2nd A-G. Kelowna’s Jessica Hannah (F30-34) was first woman finisher, recording 40:29 for 16th overall.
On the men’s side, Jeff Symonds’ streak of four straight wins ended as he opted to run the First Half in Vancouver, where he set a PB of 1:07:42 in finishing 3rd. John Machuga, (M30-34) back in Kelowna, and back in shape after a sojourn in the lower mainland in 2011, bested Hans Aabye (M34-39) 34:35 to 35:05 in taking his first overall win at the SB10 since 2005. Local runner Trevor Jordan outlasted Sergio Pio to take 3rd overall and first in M45-49 but the older Pio edged him out 33:40 to 33:49 to take the age-graded title in quest of his second Greenaway Cup.
And at the Lakeside 5K, after winning for three years in a row, local hero Jeff Symonds was content to watch from the finish line as he prepares for this year’s triathlon season, leaving the field clear for Hans Aabye (M35-39) and Nathan Reiter (M20-29) to duel for the win. Aabye, who had worked a night shift in Merritt, and arrived just before the race, led all the way into the wind but could not shake Reiter, who sprinted home with his first IRRS win by 3 seconds in 16:19. Chad Reid (M35-39) of Kelowna was a distant third in 17:19. Bob Isaak (M55-59) made a rare appearance to garner a solid age-graded win with a time of 15:34 off his impressive 18:23 clock time.
Kelowna’s Jessica Hannah (F30-34) took her second victory in a row for the women, relatively unchallenged, finishing 13th overall in 18:59. The evergreen Cindy Rhodes (F55-59) outdueled two younger men to take second in 19:56, good for first on age-graded time (16:34), while Nikki Reiter (F20-29) was third in 20:16.
Next up, on March 18, is The River’s Spring Run-Off 10K in Kamloops. Followed by:
Apr 15, Wine Capital of Canada 10K, Oliver
May 13, Blossom 10 Miler, Naramata to Penticton
May 27, Blackwell Dairy 15K, Kamloops
Jul 15, Midsummer 8K, Kelowna
Sep 9, Peak to Beak 18K, Kelowna
Complete results, series rankings, race reports, and photos on the series website, http://www.interiorrunning.ca/