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BC Road Running Rankings: Highlights

2005: Jan-May | Jun-Jul | Aug | Sep-Oct | Nov-Dec | Year-End
2004:
Jan-Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Oct
2003: May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec

2005 Year End Highlights

  • BC's male athletes were particularly dominant this year, winning all three Canadian road running championships. Jerry Ziak (10K), Mark Bomba (half marathon), and Jim Finlayson (marathon) turned in gold medal performances.
  • Ryan Day also picked up a couple of national silver medals at the half and full marathon distances. And Leah Pells won a national bronze at the half marathon.
  • Many unofficial Canadian age best performances were set:
    • Leah Pells recorded F40-44 age bests at 8K (26:47), 10K (33:35) (assisted), and the half marathon (1:15:26).
    • Nancy Tinari recorded F45-49 age bests at 5K (16:46), 8K (27:47), 10K (35:08), and the half marathon (1:18:56).
    • Sandra Bastedo recorded a F60-64 age best at 10K (42:49),
    • Maurice Tarrant recorded M75-79 age bests at 5K (20:42), 8K (35:41), 10K (42:13), and the half marathon (1:37:37).
    • Jim Sargent recorded a M80-84 age best at 5K (27:55).
  • Additionally, a number of BC age best performances were set:
    • Herb Phillips recorded M65-69 age bests at 8K (29:27), the half marathon (1:23:59) and the marathon (2:52:43).
    • Sandra Bastedo recorded a F60-64 age best at 5K (21:02).
    • Maureen de St Croix recorded a F50-54 age best at 10K (37:40) (assisted).
  • A total of 16 athletes recorded age-graded performances in excess of 90% (up from 10 athletes last year), which represents world class. The three most highly rated were Jon Brown, 97.93% for his outstanding London Marathon (2:09:31), Nancy Tinari, 94.83% for her Longest Day 5K (16:46), and Leah Pells, 92.94% for her Sun Run 10K (33:35).
  • The following athletes topped the rankings in their age group at three or more distances:
    • Leah Pells, who as a master not only led the F40-49 age group at 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon, but was also the quickest woman of any age at all those distances other than 5K.
    • Maureen de St Croix, F50-59 at 5K, 8K, and 10K.
    • Sandra Bastedo, F60-69 at 5K, 8K, and 10K.
    • Lenore Montgomery, F70+ at 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon.
    • Jon Brown, MOpen at 10K, half marathon and the marathon.
    • Norman Tinkham, M40-49 at 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon.
    • Dave Reed, M50-59 at 5K, 8K, and 10K.
    • Herb Phillips, M60-69 at 5K, 8K, 10K and the marathon.
    • Roy Dagneau, M70-79 at 5K, 8K, and the marathon.
    • Jim Sargent, M80+ at 5K, 8K, and 10K.
  • Three athletes achieved the notable feat of bettering the open standard at all distances from 5K to marathon. They were Steve Osaduik, David Jackson and Oliver Utting.

Highlights for November and December 2005

A number of BC athletes made the trip to Sacramento for the California International Marathon, with some excellent outcomes. The Fila Fall Classic races also produced a number of late season changes in the rankings.

  • The 10K Fall Classic was also the provincial championship, and was won by Ryan Hayden in the second best 10K time run by a BC athlete this year (29:36). This was also good enough to place Ryan near the top of our Best of the Best.
  • Nancy Tinari won the women's 10K provincial championship, though her time of 35:54 was somewhat slower than her best of the year.
  • At the 5K distance, Maureen de St Croix posted the best F50-59 time of the year (19:00).
  • And at the half marathon distance, Brenda Baker similarly posted a F50-59 best time of the year (1:26:49).
  • Leading the way in Sacramento, Carla Dunn recorded the second best marathon time by a BC woman this year (2:52:14).
  • Not far behind Carla, Rita Ivanauskas and Josie Riebe moved to first and second on the F40-49 rankings, with times of 2:53:44 and 3:04:12 respectively.
  • Also in Sacramento, Kevin Searle ran the fastest marathon by a BC masters runner this year (2:41:12), and David Jackson ran an outstanding 2:24:40.
  • Finally, at the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC, Gwen McFarlan showed many younger runners a clean pair of heels. Her 4:06:05 clocking places her first in the F70+ age group.

September and October 2005

Most of the leading performances over the last two months took place over the Thanksgiving weekend, with marathons and associated events in Victoria, Kelowna, Portland and Chicago, as well as the Canadian 10K Championship in Winnipeg.

  • At the 8K distance in Victoria, Maurice Tarrant and Jim Sargent both improved on their existing Canadian age best M7579 and M8084 records, with times of 35:14 and 45:29 respectively.
  • The Canadian 10K Championship had disappointingly small fields. Nevertheless, Jerry Ziak turned in a fine 30:31 clocking to win the championship.
  • Jon Brown produced a couple of outstanding half marathons as part of his preparations for the New York Marathon (2:13:29). He ran 1:03:44 at the Great North Run in England. And 3 weeks later was only slightly slower with a 1:03:55 in Victoria.
  • Jerry Ziak and Steve Osaduik had an epic battle at the Harbour City Half Marathon in Nanaimo, with Jerry just winning out by 4 seconds in 1:05:22. Their times were the fastest by native BC-ers this year, and moved both of them into the top-10 of our Best of the Best.
  • At the World Half Marathon Championships in Edmonton, Tina Connelly showed that she is returning to fitness after the birth of her second child, with a 1:16:12 clocking - the second best BC performance this year.
  • In the half marathon age groups, Norman Tinkham (M4049) ran 1:11:23, and Jan Selman (F6069) ran 1:42:00 to top their respective groups in Victoria. Meanwhile in Kelowna, Tom Michie ran the best half marathon by a junior for several years, recording 1:19:18.
  • At the full Marathon distance, in Victoria, Suzanne Evans (2:50:23) and Judith Leroy (2:53:21) posted the best BC women's times for 2005.
  • Also at the Royal Victoria Marathon, Herb Phillips (M6069, 2:52:43), Roy Dagneau (M7079, 3:38:16), and Faye Amos (F5059, 3:31:03) recorded times that take them to the top of the respective rankings.
  • Finally, at the Portland Marathon, Paul Skarsgard's time of 2:42:27 took him to the top of the M4049 marathon rankings.

August 2005

The 8K rankings received a major shake-up in the past month, with many fine performances at the Rock Solid in Esquimalt, Spanish Banks in Vancouver, and the Labour Day event in Steveston.

  • Rock Solid hosted the most competitive men's 8K field this year, producing leading performances of 24:10 by Steve Osaduik and 24:20 by Jerry Ziak.
  • The Labour Day 8K was highlighted by Herb Phillips outstanding 29:27 clocking. This was a provincial M6569 age best, and was also good enough to elevate Herb to 4th place on the Best of the Best list.
  • Also at Labour Day, Norman Tinkham's time of 26:06 was good enough to move him to the top of the M4049 rankings.
  • At the Spanish Banks event, Maureen de St Croix ran 31:01 to lead the F5059 rankings.
  • Jack Miller turned 60 earlier this year, and is now in the unique position of leading the half marathon rankings in both the M5059 and M6069 age groups, since our rankings are based on age on the day of the event. Jack ran 1:23:18 at the Edmonton Half Marathon.
  • Herb Phillips, who also moved up an age group this summer, ran another BC M6569 age best of 1:23:59 at the Coastal Half Marathon in Delta. But this only ranks him second in the M6069 age group behind Jack's performance.
  • Jon Brown, now a Canadian citizen but still competing internationally for Great Britain, produced the fastest 10K time this year by a BC athlete with his 29:14 clocking at the Beach to Beacon race in Maine.

June and July 2005

  • Most significant performances over the last two months came at the two provincial championship events - the Longest Day 5K and the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon.
  • Nancy Tinari moved up to second in the Best of the Best rankings, courtesy of her 16:46 clocking at the Longest Day.
  • Dave Reed went to the top of the M5059 rankings for 5K with his 16:26 performance at the Longest Day, and also ranked him in the Best of the Best.
  • Lenore Montgomery improved her F70+ 5K best with her 24:37 time, also at the Longest Day.
  • After 5 years almost unchallenged at the top of the M70+ rankings, Maurice Tarrant has some competition from recent septuagenarian Roy Dagneau. Roy went top of both the 5K and 8K rankings, recording 20:40 at the Longest Day and 34:19 at the Midsummer 8K.
  • A number of runners improved their existing season bests to solidify their positions at the top of the rankings:
    • Herb Phillips (M6069) clocked 37:25 for 10K at the Sandcastle Classic.
    • Norm Tinkham (M4049) clocked 1:12:06 at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon.
    • And in the open division, Steve Osaduik and Bruce Deacon clocked 1:05:49 and 1:06:57 respectively at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half.
  • Finally, good to see Emilie Mondor returning to fitness with a 15:52 performance at the Inlet Run, that puts her at the top of the 5K rankings.

Highlights from the Spring of 2005 - January to May

It has been a very busy few months, with lots of outstanding results for BC athletes locally and internationally, highlighted by a flood of Canadian and BC age best performances.

  • Leah Pells entered the masters division last fall, but it doesn't seem to have slowed her any. In addition to winning a number of races outright, she also set three unofficial Canadian F4044 age bests at 8K (26:47), 10K (33:35)(assisted), and half marathon (1:15:26).
  • Nancy Tinari went one better, setting four unofficial Canadian F4549 age bests at 5K (17:07), 8K (27:47), 10K (35:08), and the half marathon (1:18:56).
  • Matching Nancy, Maurice Tarrant who turned 75 at the start of the year, has also recorded four unofficial Canadian M7579 age bests at 5K (20:42), 8K (35:41), 10K (42:13), and the half marathon (1:37:37).
  • Sandra Bastedo set an Canadian F6064 age best at 10K (42:49), and added a BC F6064 age best at 5K (21:02).
  • A final Canadian age best was set by Jim Sargent in the M8084 division at 5K (27:55).
  • And a final BC age best was set by Maureen de St Croix in the F5054 division at 10K (37:40) (assisted).
  • There were also a couple of unofficial single age world best performances set at the Vancouver Marathon by BJ McHugh (4:10:46 at age 77), and Heidi Muckle-gader (4:50:18 at age 73).
  • At the Canadian Half Marathon championships in Edmonton, BC athletes finished first (Mark Bomba, 1:06:47) and second (Ryan Day, 1:06:54) in the men's championship, and third (Leah Pells, 1:17:02) in the women's championship.
  • Two weeks later, at the National Marathon championships in Ottawa, BC athletes again finished first (Jim Finlayson, 2:18:21) and second (Ryan Day, 2:19:55) in the men's championship.
  • Herb Phillips (M6064) and Lenore Montgomery (F7074) did BC proud at the Carlsbad 5K in California, winning their respective age groups in 18:11 and 24:58.
  • At the Boston Marathon, John Moe finished second in the M5054 division, in 2:50:12.
  • A day earlier at the London Marathon, Victoria resident Jon Brown qualified for the World Championships in Helsinki, by running 2:09:31. Unfortunately he will still be representing Great Britain rather than Canada. Also in London, Jack Miller finished second in the M6064 age division in 2:50:41.
  • As usual, the Vancouver Sun Run and the Times Colonist produced many leading 10K times. Aside from the age group records already highlighted, Richard Mosley (29:40) and Jim Finlayson (29:41) had outstanding runs in Vancouver, while Steve Osaduik (30:00) saved his best for Victoria, where Herb Phillips ran another excellent time (37:33).
  • Meanwhile the Bazan Bay 5K in Sidney appears to have established itself as the most competitive 5K in the province. David Milne won a close men's race in 14:43. And Katie Vermeulen was first woman in 16:46.
  • New! An 80+ age division has been added to the rankings this year where performances warrant.

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2004 Year End Highlights

The most notable road running highlights by BC athletes in 2004 were the following:

  • Most outstanding performance must be BC resident Jon Brown’s fourth place finish in the Olympic Marathon in Athens, even though he was representing Great Britain.
  • At the national championships BC athletes were the most successful of any province, winning:
    • Gold: Lucy Smith (10K), Steve Osaduik (Half Marathon), and Tina Connelly (Half Marathon).
    • Silver: Leah Pells (10K), Lucy Smith (Half Marathon), and Bruce Deacon (Marathon).
    • Bronze: Tina Connelly (10K), Steve Osaduik (Marathon), and Kristina Rody (Marathon).
  • Emilie Mondor of Quebec, but resident in BC, set a Canadian record of 15:16 for 5K.
  • A number of Canadian age best performances were set by BC athletes:
    • Jim Sargent recorded M80-84 age bests at 5K (28:16) and 8K (46:22).
    • Herb Phillips recorded an M60-64 age best at the marathon (2:47:02), despite being at the top of that age group.
    • Sandra Bastedo recorded an F60-64 age best at 8K (34:12).
  • Additionally a number of BC age best performances were set:
    • Tina Connelly ran a BC record of 1:12:47 for the half marathon.
    • Nancy Tinari ran a F45-49 age best for 8K (28:23).
    • Maureen de St Croix ran an F50-54 age best for 10K (38:03).
    • Sandra Bastedo ran a F60-64 age best for 5K (21:28).
    • Diane Palmason ran a F65-69 age best for 8K (37:40).
    • Norman Tinkham ran a M40-44 age best for the half marathon (1:09:55).
  • A total of 10 athletes recorded age-graded performances in excess of 90%, which represents world class. The three most highly rated were Emilie Mondor, 95.99% for her Sun Run 10K (31:10); Jon Brown, 95.77% for his Olympic Marathon (2:12:26); and Herb Phillips, 94.26% for his Royal Victoria Marathon (2:47:02).
  • The following athletes topped the rankings in their age group at three or more distances:
    • Norman Tinkham, M40-49 accomplished the feat at all distances from 5K to full marathon.
    • Maurice Tarrant, M70+ at 5K, 8K, 10K and half marathon (for the second straight year).
    • Herb Phillips, M60-64 at 8K, 10K, half and full marathon.
    • Cindy O’Krane, F40-49 at 5K, 8K and 10K.
    • Lenore Montgomery, F70+ at 5K, 8K and 10K (also for the second straight year).
    • Jon Brown, MOpen at 10K, half and full marathon.
  • Three athletes achieved the notable feat of bettering the open standard at all distances from 5K to marathon. They were Darcie Montgomery, Steve Osaduik and masters runner Norman Tinkham.

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October 2004

As usual October was a busy month, with many high quality performances recorded. Some of the most notable by BC and BC-based athletes were:

  • Emilie Mondor helped Canada win the North American 5K road race championship, and in doing so set a Canadian record of 15:16. Behind her, Malindi Elmore also recorded a world class time of 16:00, good enough to move her into the top-10 of our Best of the Best.
  • The Royal Victoria Marathon and supporting races saw a number of Canadian and BC age best performances. Leading the way was Herb Phillips in the marathon, where he improved on the Canadian M60-64 age best he set earlier this year. Having since celebrated another birthday, at age 64 he ran a stunning 2:47:02, good for a 94.26% age graded performance.
  • At the 8K distance in Victoria, Sandra Bastedo also set a Canadian age best in the F60-64 age group, with a time of 34:12. Behind Sandra, Diane Palmason set a BC age best in the F65-69 age group, running 37:40.
  • Not to be out done, in the half marathon Norm Tinkham ran a BC age best (unassisted) of 1:09:55, which was good enough to include him in our Best of the Best.
  • A number of other age group leading performances were also recorded in Victoria. Malindi Elmore's 26:49 clocking for 8K was the best by a BC woman this year. Maurice Tarrant demonstrated that he is not slowing down, running 1:35:54 at age 74 in the half marathon. Finishing just ahead of Maurice, Rita Ringdahl moved to the top of the F50-59 age group with a time of 1:34:33. And in the marathon, Joan McGrath (F40-49) and John Moe (M50-59) moved to the top of their age groups, running 2:55:07 and 2:44:27 respectively.
  • Meanwhile at the Okanagan International Marathon in Kelowna, 75 year old Heidi Muckle-gader ran a time many younger runners would be happy with, a 4:41:11 finishing time.
  • Nancy Tinari produced her best performance of the year, and was only 7 seconds away from a F45-49 BC age best, running 35:44 for 10K in Toronto.
  • Norm Tinkham continued in fine form recording the best time for the marathon by a BC master this year at the Casino Niagara Falls Marathon, when he finished in 2:35:34.
  • David Huxley took over top spot in the M50-59 10K rankings with a 35:57 clocking in Abbotsford.
  • Finally, Victoria resident Jon Brown recovered very quickly from his fourth place in the Olympic Marathon to run 1:03:30 at the Great North Run (half marathon) in England.

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August 2004

As the summer winds down, and the temperatures cool, some quality performances have been recorded recently.

  • Sandra Bastedo of Prairie Inn Harriers recently entered a new age group and set an unofficial F60-64 BC age best of 21:28 at the Songhees 5K in Victoria.
  • A very competitive men's field at the Kajaks Labour Day Weekend 8K in Steveston produced the three fastest times of the year to date, with Jerry Ziak leading the way in 24:24, closely followed by Brent Corbitt (24:30) and Bruce Deacon (24:35).
  • On the women's side at the Labour Day Weekend 8K, not only did Nancy Tinari win the race, but her 28:23 time was worth 90.85% in the age gradings, boosting her to 7th place in the Best of the Best.
  • Also at the Labour Day Weekend 8K, Herb Phillips 29:08 easily moved him to the top of the M60-69 rankings, a performance only marginally inferior to his marathon earlier this year.
  • As expected, John Moe took over top spot in the M50-59 half marathon rankings with his 1:18:41 clocking at Delta. But he can expect some tough competition in this age group as Dave Reed has also recently turned 50.
  • Finally, although Jon Brown was representing Britain at the Olympics in the heat of Athens, as a BC resident his 2:12:26 marathon that just missed out on a medal, is worthy of a 95.77% age grading and second place in the Best of the Best rankings. An outstanding performance.

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July 2004

Another quiet month on the roads, with the hot weather slowing times and some top performers concentrating on track races. Still, a number of performances of note:

  • John Moe, having just moved up to the M50-59 age division, immediately moved to the top of the 10K age rankings, initially with a 36:19 time at the Summerfast race, improving to 35:59 at Squamish Days. Look for John to feature in the M50-59 rankings at other distances later this year.
  • Herb Phillips turned in the best age graded performance at the Summerfast race with his 37:52 clocking, easily good enough to top the M60-69 rankings.
  • Also at Summerfast, Nancy Tinari (F40-49) showed signs of regaining last years form, winning the womens race in 36:42.
  • In Calgary, Norm Tinkham roared to the top of the M40-49 marathon rankings with a fine 2:37:07 performance, particularly considering the 1100m elevation of that city.
  • Leah Pells produced a couple of quality 5K times to win races in Toronto in 16:18 and 16:22, as well as a 21:28 time for four miles to finish third at an international race in Buffalo, NY.

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June 2004

Not many changes in the rankings this past month, but a couple of world class performances.

  • Herb Phillips ran an outstanding 2:47:28 in the Newport Marathon in Oregon on June 5. This was not only a Canadian M60-64 age group best, but also an unofficial world age best for a 63 year old. It also moves him up to third place in our best-of-the-best rankings.
  • Jon Brown's winning 1:03:53 clocking for the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon and BC Championship, moves him to the top of the half marathon rankings, and shows that he should be in good shape for the Olympic marathon in Athens.

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May 2004

The past month saw the national championships for 10K, half marathon and full marathon distances, and BC athletes came away with many top honours.

  • In the Half Marathon championship in Edmonton, Steve Osaduik took first place in the best time by a BC athlete this year of 1:06:44. And in the women's championship Tina Connelly outsprinted Lucy Smith for a BC 1-2, recording 1:14:44 and 1:14:48 respectively.
  • Two weeks later, in the 10K championship in Ottawa, Lucy Smith came out on top, as BC swept the women's medals through Lucy (32:53), Leah Pells (33:29) and Tina Connelly (33:34).
  • And in the Marathon championship, also in Ottawa, Bruce Deacon (2:20:16) and Steve Osaduik (2:24:28) took second and third. For Bruce it was his second marathon in six weeks, while for Steve it was his debut coming just two weeks after his half marathon triumph. On the women's side Kristina Rody also came away with a third place in 2:48:09.
  • Also at the Ottawa Marathon, Leslie Black placed first master in 2:58:46.
  • Leah Pells had a busy month. In addition to her second place in Ottawa she set a seasons best of 26:54 in winning the Mother's Day 8K Spring Classic, as well as winning the half marathon (1:16:51) held in conjunction with the Vancouver International Marathon.
  • Norm Tinkham recorded the best 8K by a master with his 25:40 clocking on the hilly Shaughnessy course.
  • The Vancouver International Marathon produced many season best performances across the age groups, while Lorne Smith at age 70 ran 4:05:39 in the Peach City Marathon in Penticton.

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January-April 2004

A number of exceptional performances have been run already this year. The most notable include:

  • Tina Connelly ran a BC best ever performance at the "First Half" Half Marathon in February, with a time of 1:12:47.
  • In the Sun Run, Maureen de St Croix ran a F50-54 age best for 10K of 38:03.
  • On the Island, Jim Sargent has been setting M80-84 age bests. First at the Pioneer 8K he ran 46:22. Then at the Bazan Bay 5K he set another age best of 28:16.
  • Also on the Island, at the Comox Valley Half Marathon, Kelvin Broad ran the fastest legal half marathon by a M40-44, in 1:10:23.
  • In the London Marathon, Jon Brown (representing Britain) and Bruce Deacon both ran times that hopefully will gain them selection for the Athens Olympics. 2:13:39 and 2:18:30 respectively.
  • The best performance by any BC resident athlete was Emilie Mondor's winning Sun Run. Her 31:10 clocking ranks her Best of the Best.
  • Lucy Smith (32:58) and Matt Johnston (29:48) also produced world class performances in the Sun Run.
  • Finally, Herb Phillips at age 63 ran a remarkable 1:21:36 half marathon on the far from easy Mercer Island course in Seattle.

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2003 Year End Highlights

There were many outstanding performances throughout the year, but the following represent the most significant Road Running achievements by BC athletes in 2003:

  • On the international stage Bruce Deacon's silver medal in the marathon at the Pan American Games was the highlight of the year. Although his time was significantly slower than his best, it must be remembered that conditions in the Dominican Republic were far from ideal for marathoning.
  • Ken Myers, representing Simon Fraser University, also won a marathon silver at the NAIA Championships in Kansas.
  • BJ McHugh improved her own F75-79 world age best for the marathon in Victoria with a time of 4:08:54.
  • There were a number of BC age best performances, all set by women:
    • Maureen de St Croix had the unique distinction of setting age bests in two different age groups. Her 10K Sun Run time of 35:37 was an F45-49 best. Later in the year she set a 5K best for the F50-54 age group of 18:08.
    • BJ McHugh set F75-79 age bests of 26:00 (5K), 41:45 (8K), and 50:33 (10K) in addition to her marathon best. All of these are also likely national age best performances.
    • Joan McGrath recorded the fastest legal F40-44 half marathon in 1:19:02.
    • Gwyn Woodson set a F50-54 age best for 8K of 32:00.
    • Jan Selman ran 1:36:59 to set a F55-59 age best for the half marathon.
  • A total of 12 athletes recorded age-graded performances in excess of 90%, which represents world class. The three most highly rated were Maureen de St Croix (94.68%), Jeff Schiebler (93.28%) and Leah Pells (92.65%).
  • The following athletes topped the rankings in their age group at three or more distances:
    • Maurice Tarrant, M70+ at 5K, 8K, 10K and half marathon.
    • Lenore Montgomery, F70+ at 5K, 8K and 10K.
    • Mae Palm, F60-69 at 10K, half and full marathon.
    • Richard Lee, M40-49 at 5K, 8K and half marathon.
    • Nancy Tinari, F40-49 at 5K, 8K and 10K.
    • Jeff Schiebler, MOpen at 10K, half and full marathon.
    • Tina Connelly, FOpen at 10K, half and full marathon.
  • Three men achieved the notable feat of bettering the open standard at all distances from 5K to marathon. They were Jim Finlayson, Todd Howard and masters runner Richard Lee.

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November & December 2003:

Not a lot of changes in the rankings during the final two months of the year. The most notable results were not valid for ranking purposes as they were run on point-to-point or downhill courses.

  • Jeff Schiebler ran a world class 28:15 over 10K for the Canadian team on the opening leg of the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan. However this was a point-to-point run that potentially might benefit from a tail wind.
  • Tina Connelly finished second in the California International Marathon in Sacramento, in a time of 2:34:51. This too is a point-to-point course, with an overall elevation drop of over 100 metres.
  • Herb Phillips finished 22nd overall, and easily won the over 60 age group in a time of 2:51:11 at the Tucson Marathon in Arizona. But again this is a point-to-point course, this time with an overall elevation drop of about 700 metres.
  • Also in Tucson, 81 year-old Willis Greenaway ran 4:58:09.

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October 2003:

Many outstanding performances this month, resulting in some big changes in the rankings, particularly the marathon.

  • BJ McHugh improved her own F75 world age best for the marathon by running 4:08:54 in Victoria.
  • Gwyn Woodson also ran a BC best for the F50 age group in Victoria, this time at the 8K distance, with a time of 32 minutes exactly.
  • Representing Canada in the 5K Team Challenge in San Diego, Leah Pells (16:03), Bruno Mazzotta (14:07), and Matt Johnston (14:48), all ran times that place them in our Best of the Best age graded rankings. Leah’s time is the third best age graded performance by a BC athlete this year. And Bruno’s time is by far the best 5K clocking.
  • In the Chicago Marathon, Jeff Schiebler (2:17:21) and Tina Connelly (2:35:40) both ran the fastest marathons by BC athletes this year. Tina’s time was less than a minute away from bettering her own BC record.
  • Back in Victoria, Joan McGrath ran the second best marathon (2:52:46) by a BC woman this year, and improved her time at the top of the F40-49 rankings.
  • Also in Victoria, new master Norm Tinkham ran a 2:37:36 marathon to go top of the M40-49 rankings.
  • And at the half marathon distance in Victoria, Richard Lee improved his time at the top of the M40-49 rankings with a 1:12:27 clocking.
  • Finally at the Shawnigan Lake Half Marathon, Gwyn Woodson (1:30:28) improved her time at the top of the F50-59 rankings, not far outside another BC age best. And Herb Phillips continued his return to competition with a 1:26:37 clocking, good enough to put him tops in the M60-69 rankings.

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September 2003:

  • Jeff Schiebler ran the fastest half marathon of the year, 1:04:10, in Philadelphia, PA. Age graded his performance was only marginally inferior to his Sun Run 10K.
  • Not surprisingly Maureen de St Croix moved to the top of the F50-59 5K rankings with her first race at that distance since moving up an age group. A world class 18:08 clocking in White Rock.
  • In Portland Oregon, Harald Wulf of Burns Lake ran an excellent 3:07:57 marathon to top the M60-69 rankings.
  • David Huxley almost made it to the top of the M50-59 10K rankings with a 35:48 clocking in Abbotsford.
  • There were several other outstanding performances which unfortunately cannot be included in the official rankings this month due to short or questionable courses.

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August 2003:

  • Jim Finlayson and Todd Howard ran the two fastest (unassisted) half marathon times of the year at the Delta Half Marathon, 1:07:40 and 1:07:51 respectively. Todd's performance was also good enough to earn him a place in the Best of the Best age-graded rankings.
  • In winning a silver medal in the marathon at the PanAm Games in the Dominican Republic, Bruce Deacon produced a world class time (2:20:25) that moves him into the top ten in the Best of the Best age-graded rankings.
  • Richard Lee ran another M40-49 age group topping time, this time at the Labour Day 8K in Steveston, although his time of 25:54 was comparatively not quite as good as his 5K time from last month when age graded.
  • Jim Fisher improved his best marathon time of the year in Saskatoon to 4:29:56, good enough to take over first place in the M70+ rankings.
  • Although invalid for ranking purposes because the race runs from point-to-point, Shelley Bergeron's winning time at the Windermere half marathon is noteworthy because the 15 year old was the overall winner in a time of 1:22:45.

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July 2003:

  • Tina Connelly and Lucy Smith finished one-two and ran the two fastest 10K times of the year by BC athletes in the Run Toronto 10K, 32:49 and 32:56 respectively. Lucy receives a small time advantage when age-grading is applied, and hence moves up to third overall in the Best of the Best age-graded rankings, with Tina moving to joint fourth. Both world class performances.
  • Also in Toronto at the Rock 'n' Roll 5K, Richard Lee ran an M40-49 best of 15:13, good enough to move him up a place in the Best of the Best age-graded rankings.
  • Ed Booth, having recently turned 41, ran a quick 31:41 in the Squamish Days 10K, a performance that gets him into the Best of the Best age-graded rankings.
  • Adena Cronk running her first 5K of the year at the Canada Day celebrations in Sidney moved immediately to the top of the F50-59 rankings with a 21:14 clocking.
  • Lou Pals won his division of the Calgary Stampede Marathon in a fine 3:23:47, taking him to the top of the M60-69 rankings.

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June 2003:

  • Nancy Tinari moved up to third in the Best of the Best age-graded rankings, by virtue of her Canada Day Post-to-Post 10K run. Although her time was a few seconds slower than her Sun Run time, she celebrated a birthday recently, making it a superior age-graded performance.
  • Jim Swadling running his first 10K of the year also at the Post-to-Post moved immediately to the top of 50-59 age rankings. His performance also nudged him up a place in the Best of the Best age-graded rankings.
  • Also at the Post-to-Post, Spencer Morrison's result placed him top of the under 20 10K rankings.
  • Jack Benedict and Jim Fisher both travelled to Winnipeg, and finished 1-2 and within 20 seconds of each other to top the men's 70+ marathon rankings.
  • Performances on courses with a net elevation drop of greater than 1 meter per kilometer, or with a separation between the start and finish of greater than 30% of the race distance, have been excluded from the rankings (as defined for record purposes), but significant performances have been noted as "assisted". In particular in June this applied to the Sandcastle 10K and the Vancouver Half Marathon. For example, Nancy Tinari's wind and downhill assisted Sandcastle time was 2:15 quicker than the best of her other four 10K's this year, and would have been rated a phenomenal 96.87% age grading.

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May 2003:

  • BJ McHugh (Capilano Eagles) ran a F75-79 age best at the Shaughnessy 8K, although on age-grading her Sun Run time was superior.
  • Jim Swadling (Lions Gate Road Runners) jumped to the top of the M50-59 8K rankings by virtue of his Shaughnessy run, despite this being a hilly course.
  • Carla Dunn (Bastion) ran the fastest BC women's marathon so far this year in Olympia, Washington.

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