Coffin and Coffin tops among locals at Paper Chase

The Port Alberni Paper Chase 15k is the newest race in the Vancouver Island Race Series.

  • Mar. 12, 2018 11:30 a.m.

The newest race in the Vancouver Island Race Series, the Port Alberni Paper Chase 15k, took place Sunday, March 4.

The overall winner of the race was Dusty Spiller of Duncan, who finished in a time of 52:04. Top female was Erin Burrett of the Bastion Running Club in Nanaimo, who ran 57:50, despite suffering an early-season injury.

The top local finisher was John Coffin, who came second in his age category in 56:07. Hot on his heels was Brad Crowe, who finished third in the same category in 57:28. Top local female was Carolyn Coffin, who won her age group in 1:05:05. Marion Bryan finished just behind her to place second in the same category.

Angela Plamondon had an excellent race, winning her category in 1:12:08. Tracy Kennett also raced well to place third in the same category in a time of 1:14:28.

More standout performances came in the 55-59 category, where Comox Valley Road Runners dominated the top 10. Danny Keyes won the division in a time of 1:00:09. Rob Kelly placed second in 1:01:09. Roger Plamondon finished third in 1:01:41, followed immediately by Brian Stewart in fourth with 1:01:58. And Darrell Fisher placed seventh in 1:15:15.

The 60-64 category also saw some stellar performances by CVRR. Keith Wakelin placed third in 1:03:07. Right behind him was Wayne Crowe, finishing fourth in 1:03:23. Derek Brenchley was sixth in 1:09:01. And Cindy Blackmore placed seventh on the female side in 1:27:52.

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The countdown is on for the Comox Valley Race Weekend. The 5k Run Clinic is drawing to a close, with the 5k Fun Run coming up Saturday, March 17. This is a fun event that is open to the public as well as clinic participants. The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon takes place March 18. This is one of the top running events on Vancouver Island, so be sure not to miss it. More details about both events can be found at


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