Team for 2001 National 10K Finals
October 14th, London, Ontario
Coach: John Hill
Results from 2001 National 10K Finals
full race results and story click here (Athletics Canada website).
1. NICOLE STEVENSON TORONTO 34:58
2. TAMARA SALOMON CALGARY 35:22
3. NANCY TINARI COQUITLAM 35:38
4. ALISON RENDELL VANCOUVER 35:43
5. MARIA ZAMBRANO CALGARY 36:02
6. KIM WEBB MISSISSAUGA 36:09
7. VAL CHOVANIEC EDMONTON 36:57
8. KRISTEN LEWIS HALIFAX 36:59
9. JANICE MCCAFFREY CALGARY 37:42
10. BARBORA BRYCH VICTORIA 37:59
1. SEAN KALEY OTTAWA 30:12
2. JOEL BOURGEOIS GRAND-DIGUE 30:20
3. JAMES FINLAYSON VICTORIA 30:29
4. JEREMY DEERE CALGARY 30:52
5. ALEX HUTCHINSON TORONTO 31:00
6. LANNY MANN CALGARY 31:00
7. STEVE BOHAN MISSISSAUGA 31:15
8. MATT MCINNES TORONTO 31:22
9. BRUCE RAYMER MISSISSAUGA 31:28
10. HASSAN BARISO MISSISSAUGA 31:29
Team Summary -- Way to go, BC Team!
3. Nancy Tinari 35:38
4. Alison Rendell 35:43
10. Barbora Brych 37:59
13. Lisa Hamelin 40:07
15. Leslie Black 40:23
17. Sandra Bogart 40:40
3. James Finlayson 30:29
11. Peter Cardle 31:50
15. Luis Estrada 33:04
20. Anthony Skuce 33:37
23. David Polisi 34:52
24. Ken Bell 35:37
three events determine winners
The 2001 Series concluded with three smaller-sized events
but very important ones for determining final point scores, as those
without the required number of qualifying races were eliminated from the
rankings going into the final race.
Squamish Days 10K - August
Organizers were worried the night before the event with only 50
competitors pre-registered, but race day brought a crowd of 150 late
entrants to bring the total up to the usual level. (This seems to be a
trend this year -- waiting until race day to register. It makes more
money for the event with late fees, but causes much worry and headaches
over how much food and supplies to order! Perhaps with some events
offering quick and easy on-line entry, participants are getting lazy
about the "old-fashioned" mail-in forms and just showing up on
race day with cash in hand.)
The race for first overall was closely contested among
two Surrey athletes originally from Kenya, Enock Keter and Philip Metto,
and Jim Finlayson of Victoria, with only 9 seconds separating first from
third. Keter, also leading the 19 & Under contingency, got there
first in 30:16 while Metto edged out Finlayson, 30:23 to 30:25.
On the women's side, Alison Rendell, still on a high
from her win at Summerfast, kept the momentum going with an even faster
10k clocking to best the women's field in 36:13 and place 18th overall.
Running a solid 37:38 for second was Nurten Tasdemir, with Lisa Hamelin
in a bit of a slump managing 38:44 for third.
Tenth through twelfth places overall were claimed by
the top three masters men, led by Mike Moon in 34:26. Half a minute back
were Sean Wolfe and Guy Smith respectively, just two seconds apart at
the line. Masters women were led by Lori Spence in 40:09, followed by
sisters Astrid and Aenea Cameron in 40:38 and 41:33. As many will
recall, Astrid was the local PowerBar rep in years past; she now owns a
retail food outlet in Whistler.
First woman under 20 was Junko Murakami in 46:35, with
Ken Williams taking second in the men's 19&U after race winner Enock
Full results can be found at Race
Run for the Ferry 10k -
An earlier start time this year made for more comfortable temperatures
during the race, less traffic, and more time to enjoy the pancake
breakfast before taking in Bowfest, the island's annual summer festival.
Some construction along the course resulted in a better finish line
location than previously, moving it away from the final downhill section
to give room for a decent finishing sprint.
The starting line was filled with many familiar Series
faces, all showing up to grab some points and bring the total races up
to qualifying level if necessary. Colin Dignum, Norm Tinkham and
Bertrand Plouvier started together but Dignum managed to pull away over
the hilly 10k course to finish first with a wide margin in 32:29.
Tinkham appeared at the finish line 37 seconds later and Plouvier showed
up another 20 seconds behind him.
Master and Series leader Nancy Tinari returned to
defend her overall title from last year, winning easily in an impressive
36:31, good for 8th overall. Moving into second spot was another master,
Leslie Black, squeaking under the 40 minute mark by one second. Chasing
her across the lagoon bridge was Rene McKibbin in 40:03, while not far
behind, Michele Carr took third masters female spot in 40:24.
Jim Swadling, in the 50-59 age group, blasted away the
rest of the masters men's field with 7th place overall and a 36:21
finish time. In ninth overall and 37:07 was Guy Smith, while Roger
Brownsey rounded out the top three in 40:06.
A young local ran an excellent 39:26 to win the Junior
men's division -- Colin Kerr from Bowen Island. Ken Williams stacked up
more Series points with a second place in this category in 41:52. Junior
woman Colleen Mahoney took top spot with a 53:51.
Full results are at Race
Running Room Labour Day 8k -
This event unfortunately suffered from some confusion regarding the date
of the race. After more than twenty years of being on the Labour Day
Monday, organizers were forced by the Richmond RCMP to change it to the
Sunday. Though the new date was highlighted on this website and listed
correctly in the Calendar of Events, a late-produced entry form and
incorrect listing on the Kajaks website resulted in many folks (most
non-Series competitors) showing up a day too late for the start.
But despite a small field, some solid results were
produced and a high percentage of Series award winners were present to
score their final points for the year and receive their
Colin Dignum, having already locked down the overall
Series win, played "Mr. Mom" so his wife Tracy could race,
leaving Bertrand Plouvier to lead the field on his own, which he did in
25:32. Plouvier needed this race to qualify for awards -- and move into
third place overall in the final rankings. Next to appear was Luis
Estrada in 25:57, while Junior steeplechaser Chris Winter snuck in that
qualifying fifth race to take third in 26:18 and first in the Series
Taking top spot among the women and 6th among the men
was national 1500m team member Leah Pells, "taking it easy and
enjoying herself" after the Worlds in Edmonton -- in a speedy
27:28. Just out for a Sunday jog... Second woman and second in the
overall Series ranking was Nurten Tasdemir in 30:01, with Leslie Black
close behind in 30:15, also matching her overall Series position.
Top masters on the men's side were Mike Moon and Guy
Smith, with just five seconds separating them (28:20 to 28:25), with
Nick Stark taking third in 29:02. Black was the first female master,
while Lori Spence and Lois Klingbeil rounded out up the top three.
First junior woman was Amanda Hall with an even 34:00
clocking, securing her lead in the final Series age group scores.
Full race results at Race
cool and windy on the seawall
July 28, Vancouver - The skies looked stormy all around but the sun
managed to shine for most of the 13th annual Summerfast 10k, held this year for the
first time on the Stanley Park seawall. Uncharacteristic cool
temperatures and high winds near the water made this a challenging run,
though the effect was not the same for all - some participants got
"personal worst" times while others were thrilled to get
personal bests. Over 275 competitors completed the new course.
The men's race for the top three spots was closely
contested. Colin Dignum, Norm Tinkham and Bertrand Plouvier raced
together for nearly the whole course, but with half a kilometre to go
Dignum put the hammer down and managed to pull ahead slightly for a
32:19 clocking. Tinkham
chased him in (32:27), with Plouvier just a few metres behind (32:32).
In the women's race it was Alison Rendell who bested
the field with a speedy 36:55 and 19th finish position overall. A couple
of minutes back in second spot was Nurten Tasdemir (38:50), who has been
consistently placing in the top three in recent Series races. First master woman Leslie
Black was next in 39:21, shadowed by 20-34 age grouper Wendy Montgomery
(39:33). Second and third masters women places were filled by Kathie
Moore (40:39) and Lori Spence (41:23).
Former UBC varsity team member Mike Moon took the
men's masters title in 35:07, good for 11th overall. Rob Barber was the
next overall finisher and second master in 35:50, while a visitor from
Ottawa, Kris Malcyznski, took third place in the over-40's.
60-64 age group leader Herb Phillips is back in the
race after recovering from an injury. Though his time of 41:35 was
"slow" by his standards, he still won his age group by over a
minute, and was only 14 seconds behind 55-59 age group winner Peter
Pollhammer. Meanwhile there was a bit of an upset in the 65+ division,
where perpetual winner Frank Kurucz took second to Michael Breeze
of Vancouver, who recorded an excellent 46:37.
Full race results at www.raceheadquarters.com.
of Summer Series - summary
July 3rd - With four races to go it looks as though we may have repeat
overall Series winners for both the male and female titles. Nancy Tinari
has chalked up enough victories to stay in a class of her own, while
Colin Dignum's winning streak has moved him ahead of Norm Tinkham in the
points race. But it's not over yet, and Tinkham could still give Dignum
a run for his money - literally - if he shows up for the remaining
Running Room Shaughnessy 8k
May 27, Vancouver - Overcast skies kept temperatures ideal for racing
at the 2001 Running Room Shaughnessy 8k. As the field wound its way
through the streets of this serene Vancouver neighbourhood, a battle was
shaping up in the women's division, with Nancy Tinari working
hard to stay ahead of a newcomer, Ethiopian Leteyesus Berhe. Despite
the fact that Berhe is about half her age, Tinari prevailed and crossed
the finish line with a half minute advantage in 27:41, only 13 seconds
over the course record she set last year. Third woman, in 29:57,
was Nurten Tasdemir.
"That was a
really tough race, really tough," admitted Tinari as she caught her
breath at the finish. Her overall finishing position was 10th, and
3rd overall master - only seconds behind Art Boileau (27:35) and Ken
Bell (27:37). Second and third female masters were Leslie Black and Lori
Spence, while Mike Moon rounded out the masters men top three.
The men's field was led by Colin Dignum, who completed
the course in just 25:35, followed in by Bertrand Plouvier in 26:01 and
Luis Estrada in 26:22. Without Series points rival Norm Tinkham adding
to his score, Dignum was able to move within 10 points in the overall
rankings as a result of his win in Shaughnessy.
It seemed unbelievable but the 60-64 men's category
was not won by Herb Phillips in this event. Despite Herb's excellent
31:45 performance, he took second to Ali Hamami who ran 30:09 to top the
division. However since Hamami has only done the one race it looks like
Herb doesn't have to worry about losing his leadership position in the
60-64 Series rankings.
Fernando Pelzer (33:32) and Amanda Hall (36:39) led
the junior men's and women's divisions, respectively.
For full race results see www.raceheadquarters.com.
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Sandcastle City Classic 10k
June 24, South Surrey - New location, new course, cooler weather.
As a result of the illogical decision by the City of White Rock to no
longer allow the event to be held on their streets (why would they want
the beachfront restaurants to miss out on lunchtime business from
several hundred hungry runners?) the Sandcastle City Classic became a
loop course up on the bluff this year. The great pancake breakfast
remained as before, as did the kids' Maniac Mile.
Though a number of top competitors chose to race in a
large half marathon held the same morning in Vancouver, the men's race
turned out to be quite close for most of the distance. Colin Dignum was
not feeling his best, so he let Neil Holm of Ucluelet lead the way and
just hung on to the pace. At about 1 km to go, Dignum dug down and moved
ahead to secure a win and move into the lead in the overall points race,
crossing the line in 31:52 with Holm only seven seconds back. Luis
Estrada repeated his performance at Shaughnessy with another
3rd place finish, in 32:39.
The top six finishers were all in the 30-39 age group;
taking 7th and 8th were the first two masters, Ken Bell (33:51) and Rick
Hickson (34:04), with Rob Barber taking third a few positions back,
leading a group of six more masters men.
The top three women arrived in a group, led by
marathoner Nurten Tasdemir in a time of 38:22, followed by Sheila
Mullins and Lisa Hamelin in 38:37 and 38:43, respectively. The top three masters women
were also closely spaced, with Leslie Black just five seconds ahead of
Adele Wilson (39:20 to 39:25), and Lori Spence not far behind in
Junior division winners were Marty Uhl in 37:59 and
Kayla Rawling in 43:28.
Complete results can be seen at www.raceheadquarters.com.
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Post to Post Canada Day 10k
July 1st, Vancouver - What do runners do for fun on a national holiday?
Run 10km of course, with a live rendition of our national anthem to
start them off right, and a piece of a giant Canada Day cake and great
live music to conclude the festivities - all at the Post to Post Canada
The second edition of this Canada Post sponsored event
was a new addition to the Series this year, and leader Colin Dignum took
advantage of that fact to score another 30 points. It wasn't an easy
task - for the first 5 km he thought he was going to be racing for
second place, as a speedy-looking Kenyan visitor led the field around
the east end of False Creek. But near the halfway mark Dignum was able
to pull up beside the leader and saw that he was tiring quickly. Dignum
passed him easily and went hard for the next 3 km or so. Then he
realized that Bertrand Plouvier was right behind him and not going away.
Dignum decided to ease off slightly to save some energy for the final stretch. At
9 km he began to pour it on again, pulling away from Plouvier to a strong
uphill finish in 31:59. Plouvier's finishing time was 32:16, a
minute ahead of Luis Estrada who finished third yet again in 33:17.
Joan McGrath dominated the women's race with a strong
36:26, 2 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor Alison Rendell (38:27).
Nurten Tasdemir rounded out the top three with a 38:45 clocking.
In the Masters division, Ken Bell (40-44) led the way
with a 34:09 finish to crack the top 10 overall list. The next two
positions and next two minutes saw two more masters and two more age
groups, Dave McGivern (45-49 group, 35:07) and Nick Stark (50-54 group,
36:11). Leslie Black - who happens to be a Canada Post employee -
dominated the women's masters section, looking strong at the finish in
39:20 for fifth woman overall. Lori Spence took second masters position
in 40:39, followed by Annette O'Brien in 42:15.
Race director John Moe's son Spencer, age 11, took
second in the Junior men's division in 44:52, behind 15-year-old Kelvin
Bei (44:15). Older brother Trevor Moe nabbed third in 48:42. (Their dad
currently leads the 45-49 division in the Series.) Annelize Loots
finished in 49:24 to lead the female Junior contingency.
for complete race results.
City more like Windy City by Nancy Tinari
Over 7,500 competitors took on the challenge of the Times Colonist
Garden City 10K in Victoria on Sunday, April 29th.
Most of the course winds through Beacon Hill
Park. It is a scenic but difficult course with a hill at halfway and a
more subtle but taxing gradual uphill section that seems to last forever
within the last two kilometres. On this day, the powerfully gusting wind
was everyone's main competitor for the first half of the race.
My race strategy was to run very conservatively
for the first 5K. The week before, at the Sun Run, I had gone out too
fast and struggled badly in the last 2K. In Victoria, I felt great after
a relaxed first mile, but hitting the wind beside the ocean was no fun.
I was forced to jump from one group to another but a
large pack of runners that I could see in the distance was too far away
for me to go after. I could see Lucy Smith near the front of this group
as well as some of the top male masters runners.
Rob Reid, a top master from Victoria, helped me
a lot along the windy stretch before the 5K mark. Every time I tucked in
behind him I felt like I was running ridiculously slowly, but when I
took turns leading, he always quickly surged ahead. I finally left him
on the downhill before the turnaround.
At that point, I focussed all my attention on
Lucy and worked to narrow the gap between us. I felt really good once
the wind was behind me. At 6 km I could see Krystyna Pieczulis close to
Lucy, but Jackline Torori was far ahead, out of sight.
As the gap between myself and the other women
narrowed, I passed a male competitor who muttered, "Oh no, not YOU
At about 8K I passed Lucy, and a couple of
minutes later I passed Krystyna. She hung on to me, however,
and with about 500m to go she
passed me and put a few metres between us as I wondered whether I could
survive any more of the grinding uphill.
Competitive instinct took over when I saw the
finish line. With about 100m remaining, I switched gears to my best
sprint mode. I think I took Krystyna by surprise as I passed her shortly
before the line.
Jackline Torori was the women's winner,
finishing well ahead of me in 34:06, but I was very pleased with my time
(34:50) and my finishing place under the difficult conditions. Lucy also
ran a strong race to place 4th overall in 35:08.
Race results at Prairie
Inn Harriers site.
numbers for Sun Run
April 22nd, Vancouver - Over 45,000 registered
for this year's Sun Run, making it the second largest 10K in the world.
Full coverage of the race is provided in the April 23rd edition of the
Vancouver Sun, so rather than repeating what has already been done, here
is a story from Phil Green, about his personal Sun Run experience. Race
results at www.sunrun.com.
Thanks by Phil Green
You would think being a
teacher that writing would be a natural process. Alas, I was not born
with that gift. However I would like to try and convey the events, as
they happened to me, at the Sun Run.
Sometimes the best laid plans fall to pieces.
This year's Sun Run was an excellent example to me of expecting the
Having completed my usual warm-up and visiting
with team-mates and some familiar faces (it was great to see Lucy
[Smith] looking fit and ready to go so soon after baby Maia), I
proceeded to go into my first stride. About five steps into it I felt
like I had been shot in my calf. Having had many calf injuries before I
immediately pulled up.
To premise this: I havenít had an injury in
10 months and my training has been going great thanks to Mike my coach
and the wonderful group I train with at City Track.
Anyway, picture me sitting in the gutter, head
in hands in disbelief that this could happen after such careful
preparation. I tried several times to run on it but toeing off was
At this point, with about five minutes to the
start, Rick Hickson came up and calmly told me to relax and try to
massage the knot out. He also told me about a similar experience he had
had and that once he got started the knot loosened, and he ran a P.B.
that year. He also told me to run on my heel as much as possible.
Thanks for the advice Rick, because at that
point I was close to giving up. I hobbled to the start line, despondent,
massaging like crazy but still in pain and with the idea I would give it
200m then pull out on one of the side streets. The gun went and off I
hobbled as fast as I could down Georgia. By 200 metres, amazingly
enough, I was able to plant my foot correctly a couple of times and
although the pain was still there it didn't get any worse. I went
through 1 km in about 3:02 and was running freely at this point. I knew
I was going faster than usual because of the people I was running with,
or attempting to run with.
Five kmís flashed by and by 6 km I was caught
by Steve Mattina. We worked hard into the head wind on Beach, although
Steve did most of the work, and at times I was just hanging on. I saw
Art Boileau in the near distance and said to Steve, in a moment of
oxygen madness, "Letís catch Art." Didnít happen!!!
Went through 8 km in a PB of 27:30 and had
almost forgotten about the calf. Did the usual grind under the bridge
and pushed hard through the final km, finishing in 34:27, a 20 second PB,
with Steve just a tick behind me. Thanks Steve for the help down the
back!!!!!! Iíll take you up on the shoe offer!!!
Met Mike my coach - thanks Mike for being there
at races - and to my surprise two Grade seven boys from my track team at
school. Thanks Victor and Andrew, your support means a lot. Saw
team-mates Sean 33:45 (not bad for an 800m runner), and Jeremy 32:22 (a
1-1/2 min PB) and went to do the cool down. This was short-lived as I
ended up in the medical tent with my calf in spasms. Thanks to the
physio who did some painful but excellent work on my calf.
Thanks to my wife who puts up with incessant
running talk and who had a great run herself and managed to find out
where I was. (Go figure, the bozo is in the medical tent. What now?????)
Thatís about it, except for the great food at
my wife's company, thanks T.K., the great barbecue and fun at our
friends. Thanks Dave and Sueís. Last but not least thanks Patty for
looking after Samantha and Fiona. They had a ball!!!!
P.S. I hope I havenít
forgotten anyone who made my day successful and fun. Today (Monday) I
can walk freely thanks to that great physiotherapist supplied by the Sun
Run. Because of him I am looking forward to the Times Colonist 10km on
excel at 2001 Sun Run
Submitted by Herb Phillips
Three new Sun Run Masters records of note:
Graeme Fell smashed his last year's record with a Sun Run Masters
record of 30:09
Nancy Tinari broke the world famous Regina Joyce's 1998 Sun Run Masters
Women's record of 34:51
Maureen De St Croix, an athlete we will be hearing a lot more from now
that she lives here, set a new female 45-49 Sun Run record of
At least 23 athletes set BC Athletics Masters GOLD Standard in this
year's Sun Run. Congratulations to them all!!!
in winning form
March 31st, 2001, North Vancouver - After several years
of dry weather, cold rain fell on the competitors at this year's North
Shore 5k. Despite the unpleasant climate, a strong competitive field
turned out for this fifth event of the 2001 Series, and the accompanying
Colin Dignum showed improved fitness by
claiming victory over previous rivals Shane Bilodeau and Norm
Tinkham, who were relegated this time to third and fourth spots,
respectively. Young (20-24 group) Matthew Coley grabbed the
second place award, while junior star Chris Winter followed
Tinkham for fifth overall and a personal best for 5k.
10,000m Olympian Tina Connelly made one of her
brief appearances on the Series scene and dominated the field as she has
in past visits. Next woman across the line was Nancy Tinari,
steadily collecting more top points for her Series rankings both overall
and in the masters 40-44 category. Third spot went to Cari Rampersad,
with Darcie Montgomery and Jackie Holloway filling out the
Top three junior men were Winter, Danny Loeppky
and Ryan Weber, with Thomas Skinner just behind. Junior
women to take top spots were Rachel Hartwick, Amanda Hall,
and Colleen Mahoney.
First male master to complete the new out and back
route was 45-49 age grouper Dave Reed, followed by 40-44
speedsters Rick Hickson and Ken Bell in the next two
overall positions. Tinari and Holloway were one and two for the masters
women, with the bronze going to Leslie Black.
For full results see Race
runners victorious at Spring Run-Off
March 18th, 2001, Kamloops - Penticton's Brent
Helland and Vernon's Sarah Clark led the men's and women's
fields in the fourth event of the Timex-Asics Series, beating out a
number of Lower Mainland visitors who came to grab some extra points.
This event is also part of the Interior Road Race Series.
Helland's 33:58 put him just 5 seconds ahead of Ken
Bell of Maple Ridge, who was the first master on the course.
Kamloops' Greg Johnson took third overall in 34:29. Rory
Switzer of Kelowna and John Moe of Burnaby were second and
third masters in 34:53 and 35:05, respectively.
The first five women arrived at the finish line within
41 seconds of each other, with no men mixed in among them. Heading this
group was Clark, clocking 39:04. Vancouver's Sandra Bogart
outkicked junior Stephanie Hirtle of Salmon Arm to take silver,
39:29 to 39:30. Top three masters women were Leslie Black of
Vancouver (39:43), Jeannie Whittingham of Kamloops (40:15), and Helen
Cook of Vancouver (42:46).
For full results see Kamloops
Pells lead NetNation 5k
March 4th, 2001, Coquitlam - This morning's 3rd annual
NetNation 5k Spring Classic took place under clear blue skies and great
winter running conditions. Following the traffic-free paved pathways
around the track and field facility, participants
quickly spread out over the two-lap course.
The end of the first lap saw close competition for the
leading male and female positions: Norm Tinkham and Shane Bilodeau were
battling it out, as were Leah Pells and Lisa Harvey. Halfway into the
second lap Tinkham, who had to settle for second place in Event #2,
pulled away from Bilodeau for a 15:05 victory. Bilodeau took second in
15:14, chased in by Colin Dignum in 15:20.
The finish was much closer on the women's side, with
Pells managing to outkick Harvey (women's winner of Event #2) by just 2
seconds for a 16:22 clocking. Just over half a minute back was master
Nancy Tinari in 17:01, after moving up in the field over the second lap.
For full race results, including age-graded results, click
here (BCA results index). Results files are in PDF format - you will
need the free Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view them.
off to a fast start
March 3rd, 2001 - The first two events of this
year's Series have already sped by, with the completion of the Kajaks
Steveston Ice-Breaker 8k and the Pacific Road Runners "First
Half" 1/2 Marathon in early February.
Event #1: Ice-Breaker 8k, Richmond
The opening event saw 2000 Series runner-up Norm Tinkham of
Vancouver break the tape in 25:24, just ahead of Series newcomer Ben
Kapsoiya, while Nancy Tinari of Coquitlam easily outpaced her
competitors with a 27:43 performance. Tinari, a masters competitor, is
last year's Series Overall Women's winner and looks to be on the hunt
for a repeat title. Following Tinari for 2nd spot was Cari Rampersad in
28:24, with Vancouver's Lori Durward clocking 28:41 for third female.
Taking third place overall plus the junior men's title was 14-year-old
steeplechaser Chris Winter of North Vancouver, with an outstanding 25:47
over the 8k distance. First masters male was Ken Bell of Maple Ridge,
with his 26:48 good for 10th place overall.
For full race results click
here (new window).
Event #2: "First Half" 1/2 Marathon,
Bruce Deacon sailed over from Victoria to trounce the competition in
this year's Half, crossing the line first in 1:07:47, leaving Norm
Tinkham to take second spot in 1:08:23. Oliver Utting of Vancouver
outsprinted North Vancouver's Colin Dignum (last year's Series overall
winner) by two seconds for the bronze and a 1:08:40 result. First master
was Victoria's Rob Reid in 1:14:32 (8th overall).
The women's race saw a repeat of last year's victory by Calgarian Lisa
Harvey. Her time of 1:18:08 was several minutes slower than her 2000
result. Behind her, only seven seconds separated 2nd and 3rd place women
Nancy Tinari (1:19:14) and Lori Durward, respectively.
Full results and photos can be viewed on the event