VFAC was out in force again at the 2014 First 1/2 Half marathon with over 30 participants and plenty of new Personal Bests.
Our women were leading the charge again with 6 of the top 10 positions including 2nd for Kimberley Doerksen and 3rd for Catherine Watkins who was also first in the Masters Women.
In the men’s race the performance of the day went to Mark Bennett who ran a new personal best at 53 years old which was a new Canadian and BC Masters Men 50+ record.
VFAC rocked the Steveston Ice Breaker 8k this year with podium finishes in both the women’s and men’s races, and a large number of age group podium places.
Of special note were the fantastic performances by the club women taking 5 of the top 6 placings and all of the podium positions. Coming home in a strong run for first place was Catherine Watkins (pictured), followed by Kimberley Doerksen and Anne Marie Madden.
In the men’s race, Nicholas Browne had a consistent race to finish in third place with VFAC finishing with 4 spots in the top 10.
Note: Course was calculated to be 130m short so times are not recognised as records or for ranking purposes
Place Gun Time Race# Name Div/Tot Sex/Tot Div City Net Time ===== ========== ===== ========================= ======== ======== ====== ================== ========== 11 27:18.47 273 Catherine WATKINS 1/21 1/163 F4044 Vancouver BC 27:17.35 15 27:55.83 1068 Kimberley DOERKSEN 1/11 2/163 F2024 Gibsons BC 27:55.34 16 28:17.82 319 Anne Marie MADDEN 1/16 3/163 F3034 Vancouver BC 28:16.84 21 28:58.12 298 Lissa ZIMMER 2/11 5/163 F2024 Vancouver BC 28:57.25 23 29:04.55 168 Katherine MOORE 1/24 6/163 F3539 Vancouver BC 29:03.06 32 29:55.37 308 Kristin SMART 3/15 11/163 F2529 North Vancouver BC 29:53.86 45 31:23.81 210 Helen RITCHIE 1/13 15/163 F4549 Vancouver BC 31:22.45 84 35:47.34 1040 Yvonne CARINHA 6/24 28/163 F3539 Burnaby BC 35:39.60 92 36:24.37 287 Sabrina WONG 9/21 33/163 F4044 Vancouver BC 36:21.12
Place Gun Time Race# Name Div/Tot Sex/Tot Div City Net Time ===== ========== ===== ========================= ======== ======== ====== ================== ========== 3 25:13.88 260 Nicholas BROWNE 2/16 3/124 M3034 Vancouver BC 25:13.88 6 26:15.11 1015 Mark BENNETT 1/14 6/124 M5054 Vancouver BC 26:14.63 9 26:50.34 274 Aaron WEIDMAN 2/13 9/124 M2529 Vancouver BC 26:49.87 10 27:16.84 179 Drew NICHOLSON 3/13 10/124 M2529 Surrey BC 27:15.95 22 29:00.88 216 Scott ROTHERHAM 2/15 17/124 M3539 Burnaby BC 28:57.02 28 29:45.61 1027 Brian TOWNSEND 5/16 19/124 M3034 Vancouver BC 29:43.99 37 30:32.36 309 Guy SMITH 1/8 26/124 M5559 Vancouver BC 30:30.14 64 33:48.58 199 Brandon QUINN 7/15 39/124 M3539 Vancouver BC 33:37.72 100 36:48.29 1047 Chris CHAN 3/8 64/124 M5559 Vancouver BC 36:40.18
The annual Club 8K Handicap Race was held in near ideal, sunny conditions on Saturday, Jan. 25. The out and back between 3k and 7k on the Seawall further presaged a fast new year. Shu Sanatani was first home beating the coach’s predicted time by 46 seconds in a solid 30:54. The next two home, Janette Purdham and Anne-Marie Madden, also easily beat their predicted times, indicating that you can sometimes fool the coach by staying away from workouts for a while before the race and pleading lack of fitness…or offering him a substantial bribe! Actually Anne-Marie had an excellent 28:25 PB, while fastest female Kim Doerksen broke the VFAC record in 27:56, with another huge PB in her first race of 2014, while Ron Loewen was fastest male in a 27:37 PB. Sharon Emslie gamely ran with truly little recent training to snatch the coveted Turtle Award away from it’s virtual “owner” of late, who shall remain anonymous. A great celebratory reload and AGM was held following at Brian Townsend’s. Following are the results in order of descending time:
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.