The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon took place March 18, in Courtenay, hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners. It was the sixth race of the Frontrunners Island Race Series, and race number seven in the Timex BC Road Running Series.
A new women’s course record was set by Melissa Ross in 1:20:25, closely followed by Care Nelson in 1:20:58. A distant third in the women’s race was Sonja Futehally in 1:27:30. Nancy Baxendale ran another outstanding F5054 time of 1:27:41 for fourth. Jim Finlayson was the overall winner in a convincing 1:07:29, four minutes ahead of Bruce Deacon who finished in 1:11:22. Third was Stephen Struthers in 1:13:53.
Race Director Brad Crowe – who ran the race and came in 14th place – praised the volunteers and race crew for a smooth running race. “The weather conditions were perfect which resulted in some fast times out there. The volunteers make this happen, providing a safe course and great hot food afterwards.”
The Frontrunners Green Jersey for the fastest male sprinter over the last 100-metres was won by Byron Trajan in the open category (12:95) and Darren Katila in the masters category (14:19). Melissa Ross won the female open in 18:71 and Kimberley Dray the masters in 19:13.
The Prairie Inn Harriers, Victoria lead the club standings with 3,520 points, followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 1,910 and Frontrunners Athletic Club with 1,607. Full results at: http://racedaytiming.ca/series?pg=raceresult&race=293
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Next up is the Merville 15K on April 1, followed by the Sooke River 10K on April 15.