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

 


Timex BC Road Running Series Update

May 23, 2012

With 11  races complete, and 4 to go, the leaders in the 2012 Timex BC Road Running Series are starting to emerge.

Melissa Ross leads the women’s rankings by a slim 9 points over Sabrina Wilkie (4190 to 4181). But last year’s champion, Natasha Fraser, has only completed 4 races to date, and could still retain her title. Also don’t overlook top masters Lucy Smith and Marilyn Arsenault, as well as Catrin Jones, who also need one more race to move up the rankings.

On the men’s side, Sam Pawluk has a comfortable lead over top master Kevin O’Connor (4325 to 4244). Jim Finlayson, Steve Osaduik, Jerry Ziak and Kevin Friesen are all within striking distance, but must complete 2 more races to do so.

Next race in the series is the Running Room Shaughnessy 8K on Sunday, which also serves as the 2012 BC 8K Championship.  

The remaining races are:
June 10, Sandcastle 10K
June 15, NSCU Longest Day 5K
July 15, Kelowna Midsummer 8K

Only BC Athletics members who complete 5 or more races are eligible for awards. Complete series details and current rankings: http://www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/


2012 Frontrunners Island Race Series

April 19, 2012

The Sooke River 10K was the concluding race of the eight race 2012 Frontrunners Island Race Series (http://vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002) that started with the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K in January. A total of 270 individuals ran the minimum races required to qualify for series awards, with 59 of those completing all eight races.

In the overall standings, Sean Chester placed first overall for the second straight year, averaging 840.0 points, one more than his 2011 average. Shane Ruljancich improved from third in 2011 to second this year, though with a slightly lower point score, averaging 816.6. Newcomer Ben Brzezynski rounded out the top three with a point average of 814.8.

Care Nelson also successfully defended her title, with marginally less points than last year, averaging 824.2. Claire Morgan moved up from third last year with another significant improvement, averaging 811.4 points for second place. And F50 Nancy Baxendale showed many younger runners that experience can still bring reward, placing third with 783.2 points.

Series age groups are determined by age as of Dec 31, 2012. The winners were:

M0115:  Ryan Niezen, 651.0
M1619:  Joel Deschiffart, 811.8
M2024:  Ben Brzezynski, 814.8
M2529:  Sean Chester, 840.0
M3034:  Mike Chandler, 791.4
M3539:  Shane Ruljancich, 816.6
M4044:  Richard Light, 744.2
M4549:  Vince Brotherston, 771.2
M5054:  Keith Wakelin, 688.4
M5559:  Wayne Crowe, 709.6
M6064:  Rick Laing, 643.2
M6569:  Arjan Gelling, 698.4
M7074:  Bill Hollingshead, 585.8
M7579:  Mike Ellis, 535.8
M8084:  John Woodall, 496.8

F0115:  Emily Keyes, 641.7
F1619:  Megan Lewis-Schneider, 742.5
F2024:  Vicky Domonkos, 612.8
F2529:  Care Nelson, 824.2
F3034:  Sonja Yli-Kahila, 753.4
F3539:  Claire Morgan, 811.4
F4044:  Deborah Epps, 702.8
F4549:  Angela Plamondon, 711.0
F5054:  Nancy Baxendale, 783.2
F5559:  Margaret Cairns, 633.2
F6064:  Roslyn Smith, 690.8
F6569:  Valerie Gonzales, 573.2
F7074:  Maree Kennell, 506.8

In the club standings, Prairie Inn Harriers once again dominated, but with a reduced total from 2011, accumulating 4,272 points. Comox Valley Road Runners were second with 2,761 points, and Frontrunners placed third with 2,125.

Complete series rankings here: http://racedaytiming.ca/series


Road Running Series Kicks Off this Sunday

January 6, 2012

The 2012 Timex BC Road Running Series (http://www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/) gets underway this Sunday at the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Saanich. The race is also the first event in the Frontrunners Island Race Series (http://www.vira.bc.ca/), the first of the regional race series to get underway.

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series (http://www.lmrrs.com/) starts up later this month, with the Icebreaker 8K in Steveston on January 29, which is also the second event in the Timex BC Road Running Series.

Racing in the Canadian Tire Interior Running Series (http://www.interiorrunning.ca/) kicks off on February 12 with the Starting Block 10K in Lavington (Vernon).

The Prince George Grand Prix Series (http://www.pgroadrunners.ca/) will be the final regional road running series to out of the blocks. Racing in the North starts on March 25 with the Heights Fiver.


2011 Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series

September 22, 2011

This year the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series comprised 11 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 seven races counting towards an individuals points total. Michelle Sinclair, Carol Chisholm, Kathryne Flannery, Patricia Riegel, Kathleen Yanke, Jason Rodine, Dan Kunzelman, Marcus Heinrich, Bill Head, Melvin Doherty, Ken Riegel, and Bill Stephens had the notable distinction of running all 11 races. For Melvin Doherty this was his 18th consecutive year of accomplishing this feat, representing over 220 Interior Series races without absence.

Series age groups winners, who will be recognized at the annual awards banquet in Kamloops on November 12, were:

F40-44  Michelle Sinclair
F45-49  Janice McQuilkin
F50-54  Cindy Rhodes
F55-59  Laurelee Welder
F60-64  Astrid Varga
F65-69  Diane Leonard
F70-74 Liz Borrett

M20-29  Timothy Mundall
M30-34  Jason Rodine
M35-39  Ken Hilverda
M40-44  Rick Stone
M45-49  Dan Kunzelman
M50-54  Steve Briggeman
M55-59  Rick Jenkner
M60-64  Roy Uzelman
M65-69  Ellis Andrews
M70-74 Bill Stephens
M75-79 Guenter Naumann

In addition, the Series age-grades the results of each race, and maintains age-graded standings. Cindy Rhodes won the womens age-graded competition for the fifth straight year, although she was once again denied a perfect score, this year by second place Liz Borrett who bettered her in the final race. Laurelee Welder was third. In the mens age-grading Ellis Andrews was a clear winner over Roy Unzelman and Leo Rankin.

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 got underway in August and continues next month.


2011 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

August 16, 2011

The third 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 4,000 finishers. 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 Impact Magazine.

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

Five individuals had the notable distinction of completing all 11 races, and received Running Room gift cards for their efforts. They were Natsuko Kamikawara, Colin Beadle, Dickson Choy, Pat Cheung, and Rob Daniel. For Choy and Daniel it was the third consecutive year they have accomplished this feat.

Age group winners were:

M<20:  Joe Gargaro
M2024:  Brandon Jones
M2529:  David Palermo
M3034:  Donovan Watts
M3539:  Yannick Le Carre
M4044:  Robert Uebbing
M4549:  Davey Gin
M5054:  Mark Bennett
M5559:  Dave Frilund
M6064:  Scott Stewart
M6569:  Michael Foster
M70+:  Herb Phillips

F<20:  Jennifer Chew
F2024:  Kimberley Doerksen
F2529:  Natasha Wodak
F3034:  Amy Schneeberg
F3539:  Karen Warrendorf
F4044:  Helen Ritchie
F4549:  Teresa Nightingale
F5054:  Susan Gordon
F5559:  Lilian Wong
F6064:  Irene Wingate
F6569:  Cara Smith
F70+:  Helen Sabourin

 


Finlayson and Wodak, 2011 Timex BC Road Running Series Champions

July 13, 2011

The 2011 Timex BC Road Running Series, that started in January with the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K, concluded on Sunday at the Kelowna Midsummer 8K. The 15 series races produced some close contests, some excellent performances, and almost 55,000 total finishers.

Points were awarded based on performance, with an athletes’ five best performances counting in the final rankings. Only BC Athletics Junior, Senior, Masters, and Road & Trail members are eligible for series awards. The top four athletes, men and women, receive prize money and an invitation to represent BC at the Timex National Series Finale in Toronto in September, to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Canadian 10K Road Running Championship. The next three athletes receive Timex merchandise.

The men’s competition was extremely close. Jim Finlayson (Victoria), David Jackson (Abbotsford), and Jeremiah Ziak (Vancouver) had demonstrated how closely matched they were all season by finishing within one second of each other at the Vancouver Sun Run. In the end Finlayson came out on top with 4,421 points, with Jackson second with 4,405 points, and Ziak right behind in third with 4,403 points. Kevin Friesen (Burnaby) completed the top four with 4,288 points.

By contrast, Natasha Wodak (Port Moody) was a class apart in the women’s competition, scoring almost identical to Finlayson with 4,420 points. It was much closer for the remaining places. Shauna Skinner (Vancouver) was consistent throughout the series to take second with 4,253 points. Melissa Ross (Errington) showed continued improvement, particularly towards the end of the series, to take third with 4,206 points. And Care Wakely (Victoria) completed the top four with 4,170 points.

Final series standings for all athletes who finished 5 or more races can be found here for the men, and here for the women.

Complete series details: http://www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/index.htm


2011 Frontrunners Island Race Series

April 21, 2011

The Sooke River 10K was the concluding race of the eight race 2011 Frontrunners Island Race Series (http://vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002) that started with the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K in January. A total of 303 individuals ran the minimum races required to qualify for series awards, with 77 of those completing all eight races.

In the overall standing, Sean Chester placed first overall, averaging 839.0 points. Top master Craig Odermatt improved one place on 2010 for second with an 829.2 point average. And Shane Ruljancich was third with 820.0 points. The women’s final standings saw Care Wakely avenge last year’s second place, turning the tables on Melissa Ross. Both athletes showed the progress they are making, improving their point averages to 824.8 and 819.4 respectively. Claire Morgan again placed third, but also improved on her 2010 point score with a 784.6 average.

Series age groups are determined by age as of Dec 31, 2011. The winners were:

M0115:  Ryan Niezen, 652.0
M1619:  Logan Roots, 780.0
M2024:  Trevor Ruck, 766.6
M2529:  Sean Chester, 839.0
M3034:  Byr0n Trajan, 771.4
M3539:  Shane Ruljancich, 820.0
M4044:  Craig Odermatt, 829.2
M4549:  James Gardner, 751.4
M5054:  Garth Campbell, 742.0
M5559:  Wayne Crowe, 704.8
M6064:  Jack Meredith, 621.2
M6569:  Brian Connon, 675.0
M7074:  Bill Hollingshead, 580.4
M7579:  John Woodall, 520.2
M8084:  Maurice Tarrant, 528.6

F0115:  Robyn Noel, 547.3
F1619:  Nichola Kennell, 676.8
F2024:  Kaylee Beales, 698.8
F2529:  Care Wakely, 819.4
F3034:  Sonja Yli-Kahila, 749.2
F3539:  Claire Morgan, 784.6
F4044:  Mary Bridges, 722.0
F4549:  Angela Plamondon, 723.6
F5054:  Nancy Baxendale, 776.2
F5559:  Faye Amos, 649.8
F6064:  Roslyn Smith, 677.0
F6569:  Pauline Naidoo, 568.2
F7074:  Diane Palmason, 505.6

In the club standings, Prairie Inn Harriers once again dominated, accumulating 5,126 points. Comox Valley Road Runners were second, edging out Bastion in the final event, 2,792 points to 2,731.

Complete series rankings here: http://pih.bc.ca/results/IslandSeriesIndividual.php


Starting Block Interior Cross Country Series

November 3, 2010

The 2010 Starting Block Interior Cross Country Series wrapped up at Kal Park near Vernon on Sunday. The 6 race series, starting in Kamloops in August, saw record participation.

Series age group winners, who had to contest at least 3 races in the series, were:

F0015: Glynis Sim
F1619: Meryn Sim
F2029: Shanda Hill
F3034: Suzanne Macht
F3539: Tammy Howe
F4044: Leana Marton
F4549: Gayle Wilson
F5054: Catherine Johnson
F5559: Linda Irvine
F6064: Judy Lloyd
F6569: Min Rayson

M1619: Matthew Hidasi
M2029: Yannick Letailleur
M3539: Jason Ladyman
M4044: Tom Cumming
M4549: Mike Brown
M5054: Ivan McKnight
M5559: Keith Johnstone
M6064: Teddy Boyko
M6569: John Bosomworth
M7579: Bruce Butcher

Complete series results and scoring: http://www.interiorrunning.ca/


2010 Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series

September 21, 2010

The 12 race Canadian Tire Road Race Series, which started back in February at the Starting Block 10K, wrapped up with the Peak to Beak 18K in Kelowna. 86 individuals contested the minimum of 5 races required to qualify for series awards, with a maximum of seven races counting towards an individuals points total. Shanda Hill, Alanna Simms, Gayle Wilson, Kathryne Flannery, Jason Rodine, Chris Greenway, and Melvin Doherty had the notable distinction of running all 12 races. For Melvin Doherty this was his 17th consecutive year of accomplishing this feat, representing over 210 Interior Series races within absence.

Series age groups winners, who will be recognized at the annual awards banquet in Vernon on November 13, were:

F20-29  Shanda Hill
F30-34  Catherine Christy
F35-39  Alanna Simms
F40-44  Debbie Taylor
F45-49  Caroline Raine
F50-54  Cindy Rhodes
F55-59  Laurelee Welder
F60-64  Janet Rhoddy
F65-69  Diane Leonard

M<15  Bryce Turner
M16-19  Josh Forster
M20-29  Jason Rodine
M30-34  Glenn Lear
M35-39  Kenny Simms
M40-44  Brian Rostek
M45-49  Sergio Pio
M50-54  Ivan McKnight
M55-59  John Wickenheiser
M60-64  Brian Rourke
M65-69  Garry Bell
M70+  Guenter Naumann

In addition, the Series age-grades the results of each race, and maintains age-graded standings. Cindy Rhodes won the womens age-graded competition for the fourth straight year, although she was denied a perfect score this year by second place Laurelee Welder, with Diane Leonard third. In the mens age-grading Sergio Pio pipped Brian Rourke for the title by running the best age-graded performance in the final race, with Brian Rostek also leap-frogging to third in the last race.

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


Registration Open for the 2011 Frontrunners Island Race Series

September 15, 2010

Registration is now open for the 2011 Frontrunners Island Race Series. Register for the complete 8 race series before December 1, 2010 for only $120, less than half the price of individual race day registrations.

The 8 race series gets underway on January 9 at the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K in Saanichton, which will also serve as the 2011 BC 8K Championship. And wraps up on April 17 at the Sooke River 10K.

The Frontrunners Island Race Series is designed to promote running, fitness and inter-club competition on the Island.  The series is organized by the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association (VIRA), and the local running clubs. 

Complete series details and online registration here: http://www.vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002


Steve Nash Sports Club Lower Mainland Road Race Series

August 20, 2010

The Steve Nash Sports Club Lower Mainland Road Race Series wrapped up at the Richmond Oval 10K. Following the race, awards for the series that kicked off in January at the Icebreaker 8K, were presented.

Special recognition was given to four individuals who finished all 10 races in the series – Dickson Choy, Larry Lorette, Pat Cheung, and Rob Daniel.

79 individuals qualified for series awards by completing a minimum of 5 races. Top performers received prizes courtesy of Steve Nash Sports Club, Timex, Running Room, and Impact Magazine. Age group winners were:

M<20  James Lamers
M20-24  Adam Frilund
M25-29  Tristan Simpson
M30-34  Ross Greenwood
M35-39  Noah Wallace
M40-44  Kevin O’Connor
M45-49  Kevin McGinnis
M50-54  Dave Frilund
M55-59  Steve Hosford
M60-64  Jean-Pierre Poggioli
M65-69  John Pickering
M70+  Herb Phillips

F<20  Kimberley Doerksen
F20-24  Tara Berry
F25-29  Kristin Smart
F30-34  Lara Duke
F35-39  Rachel Ruus
F40-44  Lisa Morrow
F45-49  Bari-Elyn Wise
F50-54  Mary Mullany
F55-59  No qualifiers
F60-64  Irene Wingate
F65-69  Phyllis D’Entremont
F70+  No qualifiers

Final rankings and complete series information can be found here: http://www.lmrrs.com/index.htm


2010 Frontrunners Island Race Series

December 28, 2009

The Frontrunners Island Race Series is designed to promote running, fitness and inter-club competition on the Island. The series is organized by the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association (VIRA), and the local running clubs. Between January and April eight races will be staged in various Island communities in all categories from Junior to Veterans. Full details can be found on the Series website at www.vira.bc.ca.


2010 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

December 28, 2009

The 2010 Lower Mainland Road Race Series features ten of the best events in the Vancouver area, providing runners of all ages and abilities with the chance to compete against their peers. The series kicks-off at the Steveston Ice-Breaker 8k in Richmond on January 17, and concludes with the Richmond Oval 10k on August 15. The ten events feature races over 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon. All races are sanctioned by B.C. Athletics, and all courses are certified. Full details can be found on the Series website at www.lmrrs.com.