VFAC were out in force on September 14th for the inaugural running of this Canadian Running Series 10 km road race. Despite muggy weather conditions and a rolling course, there were many excellent performances against a strong field, with Kevin O’Connor leading the charge for the men in 32:23 (5th overall, 1st master) and Kimberley Doerksen for the women (35:36; 4th overall, 1st F20-24). Following them were (deep breath): Nic Browne (33:40, 8th overall), Mark Bennett (33:59, 1st M50-54), Drew Nicholson (34:00, 2nd M25-29), Bryan Andrews (34:25 PB, 3rd M25-29), David Palermo (34:49), Aaron Weidman (34:49), Catherine Watkins (36:11, 5th overall, 2nd master), Dave Lewis (38:25 PB), Courtney Powell (38:51 PB, 10th overall), Shu Sanatani (39:01), Helen Ritchie (39:35, 1st F45-49), Pascal Gray (41:16), Jim Davies (43:29), Susan Gordon (43:34, 1st F50-54), Barry Young (44:42), Vicky Harris (44:46), Karyn Mitchell (45:14), and Sharon Emslie (52:24).
After the race, a number of us celebrated with an excellent brunch at local establishment Catch 122 – thanks to Nic for organizing!
As usual, there was a strong VFAC presence at the Kajaks Steveston Ice-Breaker 8k, the first event in the Lower Mainland Road Running Series (LMRRS). Conditions on the day were near perfect, with cool temperatures and little breeze, a promising settings for the fast out-and-back course.
Leading the charge was Nic Browne, who crossed the line in 6th overall (1st M30-34) in 26:15. Right behind him was Drew Nicholson, continuing his excellent start to the season with a 26:22 PB (3rd M25-29). Next was David Palermo, who despite a lengthy absence from training ran a strong 26:45. Following him were Mark Bennett (27:05 PB, 1st M50-54) and Bryan Andrews (28:19 PB). Probably the stand-out performance of the day was by Catherine Watkins who finished as 2nd overall woman, 1st Masters in a time of 28:23, a personal best and a new VFAC Women’s Masters record. In fact, her time was only 3 seconds short of Kristina Rody’s Women’s Open club record.
Following her were Barry Young (29:05, 3rd M35-39) and Gordon Carscadden (30:15, 1st M55-59). Helen Ritchie was next, running a superb 30:55 PB for 1st F45-49. She was closely followed by Tim Nixon (30:57), Kristin Smart (31:59, 3rd F25-29), Jan Grude (33:03), Sabrina Wong (35:22 PB) and Vicki Mann (37:33). Rick Horne celebrated his first podium placing in an LMRRS race with a 41:47, 3rd M60-64.
On a misty, but otherwise ideal day, 23 VFAC members (well for 2012 at least ) took part in our annual get-back-into-race-mode 8K (that used to be 5 mile) Race, Saturday, Jan 19. With the coach having expertly handicapped everyone (or been bribed), everyone had an equal chance at winning the First One Home trophy, or the coveted Turtle Award for Last Runner Home. Courtney Powell was the racer of the day, easily winning the Handicap, but also the Fastest Female Award, with a new PB of 30:47! Running mostly solo, Nic Browne was Fastest Male in 26:15. Ted Walraven gamely ran with a respiratory infection without informing the coach, to steal the Turtle Award Well done all!
Results by fastest time:
The first race of 2013 was the 34th running of the Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8k, on Sunday January 13th. As part of the Timex BC Road Race Series, it attracted a very strong field on an icily cold day in Saanichton, Vancouver Island. Drew Nicholson and Anne-Marie Madden represented the club, running 27:09 and 28:38 respectively, a 3 second PB for Anne-Marie who finished 4th overall woman. Aside from these performances, the talking point of the day was Natasha Fraser’s astonishing 25:28, a full two minutes faster than the fastest female 8k time in all of Canada in 2012! Full results are available here.
The Shaughnessy 8k on May 27th, 2012 was the BC 8k Championships. VFAC swept the podium on the men’s side and had a strong showing all the way round. Results from the race are posted here and Rick Horne’s pictures can be found here.