2013 Timex BC Road Running Series Update

May 21, 2013

Image The Timex BC Road Running Series is BC’s premier road race series, featuring 15 of the most competitive events in BC. With 10 events complete, competition for places is intensifying. Participants must complete a minimum of 5 races to qualify for series prizing, as well as being a Junior, Senior, Masters or Road & Trail member of BC Athletics.

After 10 events, Geoff Martinson has a clear lead with 4,477 points. Second and third places are extremely close with David Jackson (4,395) just one point ahead of Jim Finlayson (4,394). Ryan Huff is fourth with 4,222 points.

On the women’s side Sabrina Wilkie leads with 4,371 points. Only 7 points cover second to fourth places, with Catrin Jones (4,304) edging Erin Burrett (4,301) and Catherine Watkins (4,297).

This year series prizes will be awarded to the top 10 qualifiers, with prize money of $1,000, $500, $300, $200 awarded to the top 4 men and women, and Timex merchandise awarded to places 5 through 10. In addition, the top 4 men and women will be invited to represent BC at the Timex Series National Finale and National 10K Championship in Toronto on September 21.

The remaining 5 races in the 2013 Timex BC Road Running Series are:

  • Sunday, May 26 (8:30am) – Running Room Shaughnessy 8K, Vancouver
  • Sunday, June 9 (9:00am) – Sandcastle City Classic 10K, White Rock
  • Friday, June 14 (6:45pm) – North Shore Credit Union Longest Day 5K, UBC
  • Sunday, July 7 (8:00am) – Midsummer 8K, Kelowna
  • Saturday, July 20 (8:00am) – Summerfast 10K, Vancouver

The Running Room Shaughnessy 8K also serves as the 2013 BC 8K Championship, with additional Championship prize money available to BC Athletics members.

Complete Timex BC Road Running Series details, individual race details, and the latest rankings can be found on the series website at http://www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/

Timex BC Road Running Series Standings after Race 7 – Gant and Wilkie lead

March 21, 2013

Standings after the first 7 races in the Timex BC Road Running Series have been published, http://www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/

On the men’s side Dylan Gant leads from Point Grey Track Club teammates Ryan Huff and Mark Wilkie. Sabrina Wilkie, also with the Point Grey Track Club, leads the women from Erin Burrett and Shannon Thompson.

Series participants must complete a minimum of 5 out of 15 races to qualify for end of series prizing. The top 10 eligible men and women earn cash and Timex merchandise, with the top 4 also invited to represent BC at the Timex Series National Finale in Toronto in September, held in conjunction with the Canadian 10K Championships at the Oasis ZooRun 10K.

Race 8 goes this Sunday at the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon.

2013 Road Running Season gets underway this Sunday

January 10, 2013

The 2013 Timex BC Road Running Series kicks off on Sunday, with the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Saanichton. This year’s Series features 15 races around BC, between now and July. Two changes in the schedule for 2013 see the Phoenix Mother’s Day 5K, which will not be taking place this year, replaced by the St Patrick’s Day 5K; and the Dave Reed 5K replaced by the Summerfast 10K, which will also serve as the BC Series finale. The Dave Reed 5K will remain part of the Lower Mainland regional series.

Once again, participants in the Timex BC Series must complete a minimum of 5 races, and be competitive members of BC Athletics, to qualify for series awards. This year awards extend to the top 10 men and women overall. The top 4 will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to represent BC at the Timex National Finale and Canadian 10K Championship in Toronto in September. Fifth through tenth places will receive Timex merchandise.

Complete Timex BC Series details at www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries.

The Harriers Pioneer 8K is also the first race in the 8 race Frontrunners Island Race Series, featuring events from Victoria to Campbell River, between now and April. www.vira.bc.ca

Keen competition is expected at the first race. Former 1500m track star Geoff Martinson has stated his goal of challenging the course record of 23:18. Washington’s Joseph Gray should help push him to that goal. And Natasha Fraser will start as favourite in the women’s race, prior to representing Canada at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Jamaica at the end of the month.

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series gets underway with the Icebreaker 8K in Steveston on January 27. Also the second race in the Timex BC Series. Ten races form the Lower Mainland Series, which runs through to August, with events from Squamish and the Sunshine Coast to White Rock. www.lmrrs.com.

In the Okanagan, the Canadian Tire Road Race Series will be revving up on February 10, with the first race being the Starting Block 10K in Vernon. This Series has grown back to 11 races for 2013, with the addition of the Okanagan College Half Marathon and the Peachland Beach 10K. Events stretch from Kamloops to Oliver, and all points in between. www.interiorrunningassociation.com.


Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

December 10, 2012

The Lower Mainland Cross Country Series wrapped up at the Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country hosted by the Lions Gate Road Runners. The final event saw record participation, with almost 250 entries, bringing the total across all races int eh series to almost 2,500.

Kajaks became the third winner of the club challenge in the past three years, edging out defending champions Semiahmoo Sunrunners 1467 points to 1384. The students of Douglas College placed third (708). With 2010 champions VFAC fourth (644), and Lions Gate Road Runners fifth (625).

Complete club rankings: http://www.bcathletics.org/results/2012/lmxc12_club.pdf

Individually, series age group winners were:

M1819  Fraser Travis
M2029  Tom Michie
M3039  Gihan Wickremasuriya
M4049  Mikhail Titov
M5059  Mikey Ross
M6069  Steve Hosford
M70+  John Caruso

F3039  Rachel Ruus
F4049  Dee Makepeace
F5059  Brenda Lightfoot

Complete individual rankings: http://www.bcathletics.org/results/2012/lmxc12.pdf

Attention now returns to the Lower Mainland Road Running Series that gets underway with the Icebreaker 8K in Steveston on January 27, hosted by the Kajaks, http://www.kajaks.org/events/icebreaker.htm


2012 Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series

September 11, 2012

This year the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series comprised 8 races, starting back in February at the Starting Block 10K, and wrapping up with the Peak to Beak 18K in Kelowna. 64 individuals contested the minimum of 5 races required to qualify for series awards, with a maximum of six races counting towards an individuals points total. Sixteen individuals had the notable distinction of running all 8 races. For Melvin Doherty this was his 19th consecutive year of accomplishing this feat, representing over 225 Interior Series races without absence.

Series age groups winners, who will be recognized at the annual awards banquet in Kamloops on November 17, were:

F20-29  Kim Cedarholm
F30-34  Shanda Hill
F35-39  Misty Palm
F40-44  Tiffany Fowler
F45-49  Corinne Gable
F50-54  Sally Heinrick
F55-59  Cindy Rhodes
F60-64  Astrid Varga
F65-69  Diane Leonard
F70-74 Liz Borrett

M14-15  Bryce Turner
M20-29  James Mundall
M30-34  John Machuga
M35-39  Hans Aabye
M40-44  Richard Dueck
M45-49  Sergio Pio
M50-54  Steve Briggeman
M55-59  Rick Jenkner
M60-64  Roly Muller
M65-69  Bill Faulkner
M70-74  Bill Stephens
M75-79  Bruce Butcher

In addition, the Series age-grades the results of each race, and maintains age-graded standings. A new women’s champion emerged this year in Diane Leonard. Liz Borrett placed first in all races she ran, but lost out on the title by only completing five events. Second place went to Lynda Proce, with Arnie Gash third. The mens age-grading also produced a new winner in Sergio Pio, with Hans Aabye and Roly Muller completing the podium.

Complete Series standings can be found on the Interior Running Association website: http://www.interiorrunning.ca/

Next up for athletes in the Interior is the Cross Country Series, which gets underway on September 15, with the Reino Keski Salmi Mamorial 10K at the Larch Hills cross country trails in Salmon Arm.

2012 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

August 20, 2012

The fourth edition of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series wrapped up on Sunday with the Richmond Oval 10K. The Series began back in January with the Icebreaker 8K, and featured 11 races around the Lower Mainland, from 5K to half marathon distance. All told, the 11 races collectively had more than 4,300 finishers (a growth of 7.5% over last year). To qualify for the series, participants had to complete 5 or more races. Points were awarded based on position within 5-year age groups. The top 3 in each age group received prizes from Timex, the Running Room, and Gu.

Final series rankings, photos of the end of series awards, and complete details of the series can be found at www.lmrrs.com.

Three individuals had the notable distinction of completing all 11 races, and received Running Room gift cards for their efforts. They were Cara Smith, Dickson Choy, and Rob Daniel. For Choy and Daniel it was the fourth consecutive year they have accomplished this feat, meaning they have run 42 consecutive LMRRS races.

New this year was a team challenge component. Individuals designated their team affiliation when entering, and team points were accumulated based on individual performances. The Vancouver Falcons were emphatic winners, and were rewarded with a White Spot gift card.

Individual age group winners were:

M<20:  Sam Willett
M2024:  Joey Gargaro
M2529:  Drew Nicholson
M3034:  John Machuga
M3539:  John Atkinson
M4044:  Brian Wynhoven
M4549:  Carey Nelson
M5054:  Phil Green
M5559:  Gordon Carscadden
M6064:  Rick Woods
M6569:  Michael Foster
M70+:  Herb Phillips

F<20:  Olivia Willett
F2024:  no qualifiers
F2529:  Lisa Brooking
F3034:  Katherine Moore
F3539:  Karen Warrendorf
F4044:  Susie Lang-Gould
F4549:  Rebecca Reid
F5054:  Suzette Narbonne
F5559:  Lynne Dueck 
F6064:  Lilian Wong
F6569:  Irene Wingate
F70+:  Lenore Montgomery

Fraser and Pawluk crowned as Timex BC Road Running Series Champions

July 19, 2012

The final race in the 2012 Timex BC Road Running Series was run on Sunday, in conjunction with the Kelowna Midsummer 8K.

In Kelowna, John Machuga and Catrin Jones were the individual race winners, as both consolidated their places in the overall series standings. Machuga was a clear winner in 27:09, over Hans Aabye and Nate Reiter. Jones was an even more emphatic winner in 29:26, over Amy Buzikievich and Michelle Blackburne.

The top four overall finishers in the series receive cash prizes, and invitations to represent BC at the Timex Series Finale and National 10K Championship in Toronto in September. The next three finishers receive Timex merchandise.

The series comprised of fifteen races from 5K to Half Marathon, throughout BC, between January and July. Series scoring is based on performance.

The 2012 Timex BC Series winners are:

1. Sam Pawluk, 4348 pts
2. Kevin O’Connor, 4244 pts
3. Dylan Gant, 4222 pts
4. Craig Odermatt, 4173 pts
5. John Machuga, 4011 pts
6. Drew Nicholson, 4006 pts
7. Carey Nelson, 3959 pts

1. Natasha Fraser, 4401 pts
2. Sabrina Wilkie, 4228 pts
3. Melissa Ross, 4222 pts
4. Catrin Jones, 4209 pts
5. Care Nelson, 4144 pts
6. Erin Burrett, 4130 pts
7. Katherine Moore, 4100 pts

Complete final series rankings can be found on the website, www.bcathletics.org/rrseries