Archive for March, 2007

Thanks to all who supported our race today – a beautiful day and smooth race. A special thanks to all the VFAC volunteers who came down this morning and made the race a big success. Great to catch up with everyone!

Overall Race Results posted!! Click HERE.

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In seriously pleasant race conditions Sunday, a few VFAC’ers took on the elite (as races with ~$6000 prize money tend to bring on) at the new Run the Ridge 10K in Maple Ridge. And a sizable chunk of the lolly went to VFAC’ers……not to mention $100 worth of botox treatment won as a draw prize by none other than Simon Driver (we couldn’t think of a more deserving winner ;))

The race started and finished at the new town plaza in Haney near the H2H start, and descended, went flat, and ascended again very similarly to Stage 1 of the relay. It was another Steve Osaduik showing, but this time he was outgunned by 8 seconds by Richard Mosley’s 30:31. Philip Rist picked up $200 in finishing 4th in 31:49, while Simon Driver ran a solid 32:54 to finish only one spot out of the money in 6th. Rod Urquhart started his season with a good 38:20.

But it was the women who really stole the show….and the money. Katrina Driver ran smartly for her second PB in 2 weeks, with a 36:25 for 3rd place and $300, close behind winner Suzanne Evans (36:09) and Tina Connelly. Not to be outdone, Rita Ivanauskas also picked up $300 as 3rd female master in 38:42.

Meanwhile on the other side of town, in the Run Innsane 10K trail race in Pacific Spirit Park, new member/trail running ace Silas Wiefelspuett (35:03), Sparky Wickstead (35:34), ditto new member/trail running ace Chris Downie (35:37), and Matt Fedoruk (35:43) finished 4th through 7th, behind Colin Dignum’s winning 33:03. Scott McMillan returned to racing after several injury prone months placing 29th with a solid 40:57, new member Julia Gerlitz placed 57th in 46:07, while Kathleen Negraeff, returning rapidly to form after having her and Mike’s second child, placed 65th in 47:43 out of a race record 165 finishers.

Last, but not least, Graeme Wilson, seeking out the rain to which he’s become accustomed, ventured south to Seattle to get just that in abundance….but still ran a PB of 1:10:52 to place 6th (behind several time VIM winner Uli Steidl’s 1:06:14) in the very hilly Mercer Island Half Marathon, and in his training flats no less.

On to another multiple race weekend…. and no doubt more impressive results next week in our own Spring Classic 5k and the Fool’s Run Half Marathon from Gibson’s To Sechelt.

For the second time in history, all the VFAC participants in a race came away with medals. OK, so both times were in the Kamloops Spring Run-Off 10K….we only made the trek to get out of sodden Van. Indeed the weather there was almost perfect : warm, sunny (well, partly), and no wind! There was also a new, fast course along the North Thompson River.

“Prospective” member Philip Rist ran solo most of the way to win the race in 32:46, the day after running 15:25 to place 2nd to Steve Osaduik in the St. Paddy’s Day 5K (don’t try this at home!!).

Rita Ivanauskas (38:49) and Katherine Moore (41:15) placed 1-2 on the woman’s side.

Ernest Hawker (37:12) was 2nd M40-44 and 6th overall , Chris Brandt had a big 30 second PB in 38:05 to place 2nd in the M35-39 and 9th overall, while Sharon Emslie (46:11) won the F45-49, to complete the medal haul.

Fun times, a chance to dry out (no, I’m not referring to my previous night’s birthday antics), and great Timex Series points. Lets go for an even bigger haul next year!

Weekend P.S.

Katrina Driver set a club 5K record in 17:35, finishing only 9 seconds back of winner Tina Connelly in the St. Paddy’s. Hubby Simon was 5th overall and Graeme Wilson 6th in identical 15:50′s, while new member Chris Drozda was 12th in 17:01, Kirsty Siemens 1st master and 9th overall woman in 20:12, and Kim Jow ran a solid 20:17. A great weekend wet or dry!

Even by Westcoast standards, Sunday was a horribly rainy day. The kind of rain that soaks you less than 5min into your run. A few VFAC runners braved the elements to run in the Harry’s Spring Run Off, a new 8K in Stanley Park to support prostate cancer research. The race organizers put together a separate elite field consisting of some big guns on the local, national and international scene – the likes of Jon Brown (Olympian currently training for the London Marathon), locals Ryan Hayden, Steve Osadiuk, and Mark Bomba; and top female athletes, including Lisa Harvey (multi-time national 10K champion), Lucy Smith, and Lioudmila Kortchaguina (2006 Canadian Marathon champion).

In the elite field, Ryan Hayden stole the win from UK-expat Jon Brown outpacing him by a few seconds to finish in 23:45. Brown’s first loss to a Canadian on Canadian soil. Lisa Harvey ran away with the woman’s win ahead of Lucy Smith in 27:44. A few VFAC women rose to the challenge and turned in great performances. Rita Ivanauskas was second Master to cross the line in 31:26. Natalie Closs finished in 32:00, and Katherine Moore ran 33:44. Kirsty Siemens was third Master’s woman overall also in 33:44. Tim Nixon ran 31:19 to finish second in the Master’s mens category.

In the open race, Simon Cowell (M35-39) finished in 32:00, Kim Jow (M4549) in 34:32, Rhys Howard (M4549) in 34:59, Jim Peacock (M4549) in 35:03, and Lillian Wong (F55-59) in 39:41. Great work everyone!

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