June 13, 2016
Apart from the unexpected appearance of a vehicle as the race was about to start, the BlueShore Financial Longest Day Road Race went very much to plan at UBC on Friday evening. The forecast thunder showers never materialized. The new course proved to be fast. The race favourites emerged the winners. And the post race barbeque and entertainment was as good as ever.
The most outstanding performance of the 8th race in the BC Super Series belonged to 86 year old Lenore Montgomery. At last years race she set an F8589 world age best time of 36:11. Just last week she lowered that time to 35:13 at the Sandcastle Classic. And on Friday night she improved that mark again, running a remarkable 34:56.
The race was notable for the performances of masters, or soon to be masters. Catherine Watkins missed her PB by a single second in winning the women's race in 16:55. Not far behind, Robyn Mildren out-sprinted Sabrina Wilkie for second, clocking 17:19 and 17:20 respectively.
Jerry Ziak, running his final race before turning 40, was the overall 5K race winner in 15:47. Canadian Masters Cross Country champion Craig Odermatt made the trip over from Victoria to finish second in 16:19. And Kirill Solovyev completed the podium in 16:36.
Both Ziak and Watkins completed their fourth race in the BC Super Series, and will move into the top-5 of the series rankings.
Complete series rankings will be updated in the next few days. In the meantime the race results can be found here.
The next race in the BC Super Series is the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, from UBC to Stanley Park, on Sunday, June 26.