Twenty five members of the Comox Valley Road Runners braved the elements at the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Victoria Jan. 7, earning the club second place in the overall standings of the Vancouver Island Race Series.
The top local finisher was John Coffin, who raced with military precision to finish in 28:49, earning fourth place in his competitive category. Keeping it in the family was top local female Carolyn Coffin, who finished third in her category in 33:20.
The young guns in the junior division (U15) also had a strong showing. On the male side, Hudson Webster placed third in his category. On the female side, Charley Bridges and Brailyn Webster finished second and third respectively.
Another remarkable performance came from Roslyn Smith, who set a new course record in the women’s 70-74 division.
This was the 39th running of the event. Despite wet and windy conditions, nearly 500 runners took part. For the second year in a row, Lucas Bruchet of the Vancouver Thunderbirds — who raced in the 5,000 metres at the 2016 Olympics — was the overall winner in 24:06. Rachel Cliff was also a repeat winner, running 26:23 — 16 seconds ahead of Canadian record holder Natasha Wodak.
For full race results, visit racedaytiming.ca.
Don’t forget to check out the CVRR 5km Running Clinic, a 10-week Saturday program that culminates in a 5km Fun Run on March 17. The following day is the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon.