Club News

April Fool’s Half Marathon – 6 April 2014

  • 8 of our 17 runners ran personal bests (Bryan Andrews, Kimberley Doerksen, Anthony Bourdel, Roberto Desandoli, Ellie Greenwood, Alex Grimbley, Lissa Zimmer, Brian Townsend)
  • Kevin O’Connor raced like a champion to the line against David Jackson only missing the win by 3 seconds, yet still ran a M45 Canadian Record and Masters Race Record in 69:12 (record to be ratified).
  • Kimberley skipped the 76 and 75 minute ranges to crush a 74:53 Win (capital W), PB, Race Record, and 3rd ranking for Canadian Women Half Marathoners in 2014! (1st and 2nd on the list are sub 2:30 marathon runners! – https://www.athletics.ca/pr2.asp)
  • VFAC women had a clean sweep of the podium with Kimberley taking the win, Ellie getting 2nd, and Anne-Marie Madden 3rd
  • In the men’s race, Kevin was 2nd, and Bryan was 3rd
  • VFAC Men and Women had 6 of the top 10 in their respective gender races, and also had 11 of the top 20 overall! There was no doubt as to who won the teams competition

Event WebsiteFull Results | Club Results | Photo Album (NB) | Photo Album (RH) | Race Video (RH)

Modo Spring Run Off 8k – 23 Mar, 2014

It was successful morning for the VFAC crew at the Modo Spring Run Off 8k this morning with some top overall performances, multiple age group placings, and a few new personal bests. Leading the way was Kevin O’Connor blasting through for a great fourth place overall, and first Master. The next four VFAC men managed to help the club sweep 5 of the top 10 placings.

In the women’s race Kimberley Doerksen lead the way coming home in the prizes, finishing in fifth place in an extremely competitive women’s field that included multiple Canadian representatives.

VFAC Results | Full ResultsPhotos by Rick Horne | Video by Rick Horne

First 1/2 Half Marathon

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 5 of the top 10 positions including 2nd for Kimberley Doerksen (PB), 4th for Ellie Greenwood (PB), 6th for Katherine Moore, 9th for Kristin Smart, and 10th for Lissa Zimmer (PB).

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.

Full results here | VFAC ResultsRick’s VFAC Finishers Video | Rick’s Photos

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.

Catherine Watkins - 1st female overall

Catherine Watkins – 1st female overall
(Photo by Rick Horne)

Note: Course was calculated to be 130m short so times are not recognised as records or for ranking purposes

Women:

Place Gun Time   Race# Name                      Div/Tot  Overall  Div    City               Net Time        
===== ========== ===== ========================= ======== ======== ====== ================== ==========  
   01   27:18.47   273 Catherine WATKINS           1/21     11     F4044  Vancouver BC         27:17.35  
   02   27:55.83  1068 Kimberley DOERKSEN          1/11     15     F2024  Gibsons BC           27:55.34  
   03   28:17.82   319 Anne Marie MADDEN           1/16     16     F3034  Vancouver BC         28:16.84  
   05   28:58.12   298 Lissa ZIMMER                2/11     21     F2024  Vancouver BC         28:57.25  
   06   29:04.55   168 Katherine MOORE             1/24     23     F3539  Vancouver BC         29:03.06  
   11   29:55.37   308 Kristin SMART               3/15     32     F2529  North Vancouver BC   29:53.86  
   15   31:23.81   210 Helen RITCHIE               1/13     45     F4549  Vancouver BC         31:22.45  
   28   35:47.34  1040 Yvonne CARINHA              6/24     84     F3539  Burnaby BC           35:39.60  
   33   36:24.37   287 Sabrina WONG                9/21     92     F4044  Vancouver BC         36:21.12

Men:

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

 Rick’s Video

Rick’s Photos

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:

  • Ron Loewen 27:37 PB
  • Kim Doerksen 27:56 PB  VFAC Female Record
  • Roy Millen 27:58
  • Jono Lloyd 28:16
  • Drew Nicholson 28:16
  • Anne-Marie Madden  28:25 PB
  • Barry Young  29:47
  • Lissa Zimmer  29:53 PB
  • Jo Astoria  30:19
  • Dave Lewis 30:28 PB
  • Shu Sanatani 30:54
  • Courtney Powell 31:50
  • Kristyn Webster 32:09 PB
  • Janette Purdham 32:12
  • Heather Wilson 33:14
  • Gord Carscadden 33:21
  • Brandon Quinn 33:35 PB
  • Jim Davies 34:10
  • Amanda Groves 34:14
  • Dave Seabrook 36:20
  • Sharon Emslie  classified info

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